About Green Mountain Girls Farm
Laura and Mari see a future within which Vermont persists as a global geotourism* leader and as a place where farms succeed by working with natural cycles, providing healthy food, creating stronger rural communities and linking us with humanity as we attempt to bridge our current divides and solve our global syndemic of obesity, undernutrition, chronic disease and climate change as well as increase resilience amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
(*Geotourism = tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.)
We are farmer/owners, working with farmer teammates tapping talents and curiosity to practice regenerative agriculture and share its promise via Green Mountain Girls Farm food and experiences.
Green Mountain Girls Farm was created as an extension of Laura and Mari’s careers in conservation. The farm is organized around a few simple questions. Within the dual mandate of regeneration and wellness, what is the place (land and infrastructure) capable of excelling at producing? What are our most relevant talents, experiences and aspirations? Which markets are we especially equipped and well positioned to access? How can we create alchemy among the resulting niche enterprise offerings where all this intersects?
What value do we create?
Green Mountain Girls Farm is a family farm steeped in the rich culture of Vermont’s working landscape.
Our farm is situated high in the Green Mountains at the top of the watershed. Small, diverse ecological farms like ours have not been viable for decades but the global syndemic of obesity, undernourishment and chronic disease together with climate change create an opportunity for us to meet emerging needs. The COVID-19 crisis further opens opportunities to contribute to increasing local resilience.
We grow food in ways that capture the greatest potential of the sun, rain and natural systems, while enhancing food quality, plant health, soil life and ecosystem services.
We offer clean, delicious, nutrient dense food and farm stays for individuals and families prioritizing wellness and who want their food and tourism choices to support social and ecological health.
What does Regenerative Farming mean to us?
We grow food in ways that capture the greatest potential of the sun, rain and natural systems of our Vermont hill farm.
• Our culture, business processes and infrastructure endeavor to or are moving towards having capacity to restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials.
• Our practices; no-till vegetables, permaculture fruits and silvo-pastured livestock improve rather than destroy or deplete soil depth and diversity, water quality and retention as well as carbon capture and sequestration. These practices
• maximize food quality and yields
• improve plant health
• increase crop resilience to climate instability
• promote resistance to pests and diseases without use of anti-biotics or chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, even those allowed by Organic certification.
• We support and monitor soil health. We go to greater lengths to monitor and promote plant health because we believe plants photosynthesizing at their maximum potential is the most effective and efficient way to build soil organic matter, capture carbon and increase life and water holding capacity in the soil. We use plant observation and SAP analysis to know plants nutritional needs. We apply nutrition to our vegetables, fruits and pastures using foliar sprays and, where we have irrigation, via fertigation.
• We believe these practices increase viability for farms and working lands, regenerating the cultural and aesthetic context critical for agritourism, which in turn augment’s sun’s energy to keep Vermont’s hills verdant and vibrant.