Allenholm Farm (1997)

Allenholm Farm, conserved in 1997, is the oldest commercial apple orchard in the state, and an important local and statewide resource. The protection of Allenholm farm became the impetus for the creation of South Hero Land Trust in 1997. In partnership with the Vermont Land Trust, SHLT worked to protect this 300 acre farm, which is comprised of over 200 acres of prime and statewide soils, forested land, open meadows, and scenic ridgeline views of the Adirondacks. The diversified farm is a well-established tourist destination, hosting families, school tours, and many other visitors each fall. In addition to apples, many other varieties of tree fruits, as well as berries and vegetables are raised on the farm and sold at the Allenholm Farm farmstand. In 2008, Allenholm Farm sold 50 acres of land on the east side of South Street to Ken Felis who operates the land as an orchard. Allenholm Farm continues to manage the land for their pick-your-own operation. Ken Felis has opened a new value-added agriculture venture called Forbidden Orchards, where they produce Ice Cider from apples grown at Allenholm Farm.

Dan Kirk