Field Trip to Consider Bardwell Farm
Summer Farm students loaded up a van and headed off to visit Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet, Vermont on Friday, June 8th. Upon arriving at this award-winning, goat dairy farm and artisan cheese operation, we were met by two Green Mountain College alums, David Golembeck ’12 and Colby Roberts ’17, now professionals in the agricultural field. At Consider Bardwell Farm students got a firsthand look at animal husbandry and pasture-based rotational grazing at a mid-size production scale (over 100 does are milked twice daily). As
kidding season at this farm was still winding down, students were able to get a glimpse of the relationship that workers have with mothers and their kids alike. After getting to know the goats, the students participated in moving the goats from pasture and through the milking process.
Building Shelters: Animals Out to Pasture
In the final week of Session I of GMC’s Sustainable Livestock: Pasture to Plate, instructor Scott Green, Addison County farmer and carpenter, is guiding students in designing and building a shelter in preparation for more of our animals going out to pasture for grazing. The laying hens have already made their first move out to pasture with their chicken tractor. Once we have this necessary structure complete, it will provide the sheep and/or goats shelter from rain and the hot sun. It will also enable us to get these animals to the outer fields. Students, including Isabel Darby and Fuquan Ford ’21, learned and applied basic carpentry
skills to complete this sturdy, movable shelter which will be covered in plastic sheeting. New fencing has also been completed for this multi-species system. Stop by the farm and take a look at the progress as this process evolves!
The Lakes Region Farmers’ Market begins on Thursday, June 21st 9:00 am-1:00 pm, on Main Street in Poultney–come find our farm vending there!
Cerridwen Farm is a student-motivated campus farm at Green Mountain College, integrating essential hands-on learning with our liberal arts education. We are committed to our soil health, the wellbeing of our farm animals, the importance of food justice and the needs of future generations, and we demonstrate this commitment in every product we produce and every practice we undertake.