A transplant from New York, Gabby came to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont where she received a bachelor's in Community Development and Applied Economics. While studying at UVM, she took an internship at the Shelburne Farms’ Market Garden where she first got her hands dirty and fell in love with farming. After UVM, Gabby worked at River Berry Farm for two seasons. Here she learned how to grow on a larger scale, taking note of the efficiencies required to run a profitable farm. Between growing seasons, Gabby has worked at the City Market Onion River-Coop as a Produce Buyer and Team Leader giving her insight into marketing and merchandising, supervising employees as well as the local food chain from a buyer’s perspective.
Henry grew up with large vegetable gardens and has fond early memories of visiting his father working at the UVM dairy barn. Starting in his teens he spent eight seasons working for Last Resort Farm, a Certified Organic vegetable, berry, and hay farm. He learned to maintain and work on the farm’s equipment and infrastructure as well as organic vegetable farming practices. Henry also spent two years at New Village Farm where he worked with a small herd of normandie cattle producing raw milk and beef. At New Village he was given the opportunity to manage and expand the farm’s market garden and gained experience producing for a small CSA, a farmstand, and the Shelburne Farmers Market.
We both shared a dream of owning our own farm and when we realized that the old field below Henry’s childhood home was a small pocket of fertile (but rocky) loam soil we decided to take the first steps towards making it a reality. Together Henry and Gabby started Old Road Farm planting garlic and winter rye in the fall of 2015.
When we started Old Road Farm in Monkton in 2015 we were growing on just a quarter acre for a few farmers markets. With the help of the Vermont Land Trust we are now on our forever farm in Granville, Vermont in a beautiful river valley on prime agricultural soils surrounded by national forest. We specialize in growing fresh, high quality salad greens and seasonal vegetables for local markets with a deep commitment to the highest standards of ecologically sound, regenerative, and innovative vegetable production.
Our produce is Certified Organic by VOF and we are also certified by the Real Organic Project, a grassroots, farmer-led movement created to distinguish soil-grown and pasture-raised products under USDA organic.