Located in Danby, Vermont, Yoder Farm, run by Ryan and Rachel Yoder, is currently in its sixth year of operation. Rachel grew up in Middletown Springs, and Ryan grew up in Nepal spending most of his adult life traveling and living in various parts of the USA and Asia. Ryan has worked on farms in Vermont, West Virginia, and India, lending to his extensive and varied background. The Yoder's goals are to live as sustainably as possible, enjoy their work, and create community.
Utilizing land that is part of the Smokey House Center, a non-profit organization committed to conservation, agriculture and education, the Yoders run a small diversified farm. With a focus on expanding the calorie options available in the local diet, they grow staples such as popcorn, ten kinds of dry beans, and perennial crops including un-sprayed processing apples and berries, in addition to raising several hundred chickens each year, and growing a few acres of vegetable crops, especially winter storage crops.
To further their goal of diversification, Ryan and Rachel are trying some new crop rotations, creating a management system to grow chemical free apples, and building up the processing capacity to transform the apples into products like vinegar, apple butter, and sweet cider. They can be found at market year round, both in Rutland and Dorset, in addition to selling their products at a number of other stores and venues.
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