Farming in the Champlain Islands
Farmers in the Champlain Islands are the stewards of our working landscape. They care for the land, feed our community, create jobs, and keep our Islands beautiful. The best way to keep Vermont farmland open and active is to support local farmers. We work hard to support local farms. We work with willing farmers to conserve their land and transfer it to the next generation, we worked with local farmers to create the Champlain Islands Farmers' Market, we publish the annual Champlain Islands Grown Guide to Agriculture, we fund agricultural education in the local school system, and more.
But most of the work is done by the farmers themselves. Farmers like Jane Pomykala (and her husband Bob and son Ben) of Pomykala Farm, a long time vendor at the Champlain Islands Farmers' Market. Farmers like Ray and Pam Allen, who own and operate Allenholm Farm, the oldest commercial apple orchard still in business in Vermont. Farmers like Amanda and Hugo Gervais of Savage Gardens, whose farmstand is packed with free range chicken, eggs, vegetables, flowers, and more.
There are over 60 farms in our small county, 13 of which are conserved. Each and every one of our farmers, from the largest dairy to the smallest berry operation, is important in building the agricultural economy of the Champlain Islands and stewarding our special landscape. We are lucky to live in a vibrant corner of the state with hardworking farmers who are committed to feeding our community- thank you farmers!