Farm

F&W’s organic farm is a typical Vermont hillside farm that is healthfully sustained.

We raise dairy cows, pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas, laying hens, meat chickens, and ducks. All F&W animals are lovingly cared for throughout their lives here. Each animal plays a role in keeping our fields fertilized and our gardens free of weeds.

Acres of gardens are planted each spring and tended by campers during the summer. Our camp kitchens use our organic, fresh produce throughout the growing season. Fall harvest is boxed for our local C.S.A., or canned, dried and frozen. Our organic dairy provides us with much of the milk we drink.

Food

Campers consistently rated our food as one of their favorite aspects of summer! Meals are when campers connect with friends and cabin mates, staff to see how all their campers are doing, and everyone recharges on tasty food.

Our kitchen staff prepare nutritious dishes that kids enjoy eating. Camp cooks often return to work at F&W for years, and many campers have discovered their love of cooking while helping to make bread, homemade pizzas, or a stir-fry for dozens of appreciative eaters.

Farm & Wilderness can accommodate campers who are vegan, unable to eat meat, dairy, or gluten.

Buildings & Forests

Farm & Wilderness manages approximately 4,500 acres of forests through goals of sustainable timber production and enhanced wildlife habitat. Our setting is a living laboratory, providing opportunities for campers, teens and staff to learn about the forests, wildlife and adventures outdoors.

In our forests, F&W attempts to mimic the same changes that occur as woodlands age undisturbed. We harvest trees near maturity to create an open space for seedlings to get established, as well as manage our woodland to encourage quality trees to reach maximum growth. Our harvested wood is used for building projects at F&W and sold at local sawmills. Woodward Reservoir and the surrounding lands are managed annually for preventing invasive species.

Environmental Efficiency

Farm & Wilderness is committed to increasing our environmental efficiency and organizational effectiveness. We measure our carbon footprint annually, with a focus on reducing our global and local environmental footprint. To this goal we:

  • use on-site (usually storm damaged) trees for heating as much as possible                                                 
  • convert outdoor showers to include solar water heat,
  • compact fluorescent bulbs in all lighting fixtures.
  • follow Built Green or LEED Standards with all major new buildings.
  • harvest, mill and use wood on property as much as possible (about 40% total use)
  • use many recycled building materials (recycled plastic lumber and metal roofing)
  • use of outhouses “kybos”, to consolidate our human waste and save water.
  • compost kybo waste over a period of years and safely use as fertilizer in our forests
  • built animal manure bunkers which will reduce incidental nutrient outflow
  • compost food scrap that reduces incidental nutrient outflow and animal contact
  • remove less effective septic systems on campus to create one integrated septic line and leach field to reduce nutrient loading into Woodward Reservoir.