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!
Working with Local Farmers
We are happy to work with individual farmers or groups or farmers on project that support farm viability or increased community access to local food. Some of our current projects include:
Champlain Islands Grown Guide to Agriculture
Check out our online directory of local farms and food in the Champlain Islands HERE>>
Education at the Champlain Islands Farmers' Market
Learn more about the Champlain Islands Farmers' Markets and the work with do with vendors HERE>>
Farm to School
We work with teachers, parents, and students at Folsom School to build strong connections between the school, local farms, and the community. Learn more about this work HERE>>
Champlain Islands Agriculture Network
We partnered with local farm and food businesses create a network for collaboration and support between local farm and food business owners. Learn more about the network HERE>>
Healthy Roots Collaborative
We participate in the Healthy Roots Collaborative, working with partners from Grand Isle and Franklin County to strengthen the local food system of Northwest Vermont through Farm to School projects, gleaning, crop storage and distribution programs, local food sourcing, and more. Learn more about the Collaborative HERE>>
Support for Individual Farms
We work with individual farms on all sorts of projects, from land conservation to business planning. If we don't have the expertise you need, we'll help you find someone who does! If you are interested in learning more, or have project to propose, contact Emily Alger by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling