We are a small, family-owned, diversified vegetable farm and CSA in the Connecticut River Valley of Southern Vermont. We are committed to growing food that creates, nurtures and sustains community.
“You, as a food buyer, have the distinct privilege of proactively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit.” ― Joel Salatin, Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food
Now accepting applications for our 2014 CSA.
Lost Barn Farm is run by Marisa Miller, with the assistance (and occasional consternation) of her parents, Reed and Kathy. The land was purchased by Reed and Kathy in 1970 from Reed’s father, Ellwyn (who used the property as part of his dairy farm on the Putney Meadows). Of the 45 acres they own, 12 are tillable, though many will remain in cover crop each year.
Reed grew up on dairy farms, and he and Kathy have always kept a large garden on the property to provide fresh and preserved foods for their five kids as they grew up. Newly retired, Reed is now able to spend his time on the farm. Kathy still teaches in Bellows Falls, but spends her off time weeding and canning.
As the middle child of those five Miller kids, Marisa grew up around the growing and preserving of food. After graduating from college 10 years ago, she moved back to VT and began working on organic farms. She spent 3 years on farms in Vt., and 5 years on a farm in Tacoma, Wa. She also spent time winter WWOOF-ing in Italy and France.
Keep up with life at Lost Barn Farm with Marisa's seasonal updates. And join her guest bloggers/CSA subscribers for their weekly "What We Did with Our Share" post.
Curious about what to do with all that rhubarb? Never heard of kohlrabi? In addition to our extensive library of CSA recipes, our blog will provide plenty of inspiration to make the most of your share, and you'll find great links for canning and preserving as well.
Community Supported Agriculture programs have existed for many years and continue to grow in popularity. From a consumer's perspective joining a CSA has many benefits, including:
*Access to local produce and the farmers who grow it.
*Your food dollars stay in the community and help it thrive.
*You are introduced to new foods, and new ways of preparing them.
*Our CSA members get a 10% discount for shopping with us at farmers' markets, as well as access to pick-your-own opportunities and bulk pricing.
*A chance to socialize with other members as well as your farmers at our potlucks and work parties; to learn more about each other and the way your food is grown.
Click here to download our 2014 CSA Brochure.