Tucked away in the town of Shrewsbury, Alchemy Gardens grew from a love of gardening, and the love of two farmers, Scott and Lindsay Courcelle. First meeting, and falling in love, in 2006 while working as environmental educators, the pair spent time on organic farms across the country through WWOOFing (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms). Later serving as AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers in 2008, Scott and Lindsay took up space in a community garden in Montpelier, VT. They quickly fell in love with the process of growing and harvesting their own food, and decided to press on, and learn all they could about farming. Working closely with Paul Horton on Foggy Meadow Farm, the Courcelles gathered information, skills, and knowledge, which they carried over to Boardman Hill Farm, where they farmed on leased land for a total of five seasons, starting to bring their produce to market, at the Downtown Rutland Farmers Market.
2015 marked their transition to leased land near their home in Shrewsbury, where they currently live, farm, and play music together. Alchemy Gardens was born of the idea of transforming simple elements (seeds, soil, water, and sunlight) into invaluable tools that serve to support health, culture, and community.
Scott and Lindsay grow their crops using all organic practices. Though not certified, they use nutrient-dense crop production protocols and work to maintain a biologically active soil system to produce the most nutritious crops possible. You can find them at the Rutland Farmers market, in local co-ops, schools, and restaurants, and through their CSA.
We are thankful to have such dedicated and passionate farmers, who not only feed our bellies, but love doing so, as part of our community!