The 22 acre Kingsbury Farm was bought and conserved by the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) in November of 2007. The property was subsequently sold to the Vermont Foodbank (VFB) during the following year. The conditions of the sale were the following: the owners would grant public access along the property to the Mad River Path, they would protect permanent riparian buffers through no-till practice, and the remaining acreage would be used to produce food in an ecologically responsible manner. In the fall of 2009, the VFB put out a call to farmers to submit proposals for the use of the farm. In late December, our proposal was accepted.
Under its current structure, Kingsbury Farm offers approximately 7 tillable acres upon which to grow food. Each year, we will commit a portion of this acreage to growing storage crops for the VFB. We will also be working directly with ten regional food shelves to meet their ongoing needs for fresh produce throughout the growing season. Our lease requires us to provide the VFB with 35,000 pounds of produce annually in exchange for the use of the farm land and the infrastructure. Once these terms have been met, we can use the remaining acreage to grow food to be sold “for profit”.
The Kingsbury Market Garden is managed naturally; that is without the use of synthetic inputs. We employ crop rotation, green manures, compost application, beneficial insect attraction and close observation to keep the land healthy and productive. We have constructed four movable unheated hoop houses which will enable us to significantly extend the Northern Vermont growing season. We offer early spring strawberries, early tomatoes & late autumn raspberries.
We will be harvesting cold hardy salad greens throughout most of the year.