ABOUT OUR FARM
Sweet Bird Farm is a small family-run business located in beautiful Waterbury Center, Vermont.
The 9 acre, 1840’s farmstead is the home base for our farm store, maple sugarhouse, and the farming of pasture-raised rabbit and poultry. The maple sap that we turn into syrup is trucked from our “sugarbush”, a 76 acre forest in Moretown, Vermont.
Growing up on farms in Pennsylvania and Maryland, we (Steve and Dana) individually developed a love for the natural world. In our first jobs after college, we found each other teaching at an environmental education program. We did not recognize at that point that we could combine our strong family histories of farming with our academic interests in environmental science.
But it is hard to deny where you come from, and quickly we started to pick up agricultural hobbies. We started with tapping 2 maple trees at our first apartment, warping the wood paneling in the kitchen with all the stove top boiling. And as soon as the ground thawed we dug a small garden outside that same apartment.
After successful careers in forest and wildlife conservation with Audubon Vermont (Steve) and agricultural education at Shelburne Farms (Dana), we decided it was our turn to do more of the "practicing" and less of the "preaching". Wanting to put our solid professional foundations in the concepts of the working landscape to use in our own ventures, we started to build upon our farming and forest products interests - expanding our maple syrup production, increasing the number of laying hens, adding first meat birds and most recently meat rabbits.
Both our kids, Grady and Willa, are enthusiastic farmers, except on cold mornings when there are outdoor chores to be done. Together we hope to continue to diversify as we scale up our enterprises and open a farm store in summer 2021. We are learning as we go, implementing regenerative ag practices and ecological forestry as a means to producing delicious food that is good for you and the planet.
Feeding our Neighbors while Capturing Carbon
Our mission at Sweet Bird Farm is to provide high-quality farm-fresh foods to our community while following environmentally friendly practices on our farm. We strive to build healthy soil, improve wildlife habitat, and sequester greenhouse gases. To learn more about our farming techniques and products, please get in touch.