GMC alum Greg Hazelton, owner of Copper Hill Farm, has made a name for himself selling quality meat and vegetables.
Greg Hazelton, a GMC alumni and proud owner of Copper Hill Farm in Somers Conn., has made a name for himself selling quality meat and vegetables at his community’s local market. Hailing from Connecticut, Hazelton attributes his passion for sustainable agriculture to his time amid the rolling hills at Green Mountain.
“I wasn’t sure when I first went to college that I wanted to farm, but living in Vermont, it was much more of a life experience that just an education, I learned.”
After renting his first farm in 2009, he began implementing the practices he learned at college: a focus on using all of the land to yield high-quality produce. After purchasing an 11-acre property in Somers, Conn., Hazelton began to cultivate crops and raise livestock while sticking with the name of Copper Hill Farm. His method of pasture farming in which his pigs and chickens roam what closely resembles their natural habitat, and his organic heirloom vegetables, have received wide attention for their quality and the fact that Copper Hill Farm goes beyond what is typically considered organic.
Using grain and fertilizer from the area and selling his produce at farmer’s markets near his home, Hazelton has built his livelihood upon the principles of keeping his business entirely local while supporting his family and benefiting the community.
Greg has big plans for the future. He is looking to expand his chicken and pork operations, cultivating a wider variety of vegetables, and helping his family become completely self-reliant. He attributes his success as a farmer to his family–independence, he says, requires a great deal of interdependence. “In order to be self-sufficient, you need the whole family involved and I’m so lucky to have that.”
Read more about Greg’s evolving farm operation in this Ellington-Somers Patch story by Dianne Trueb.
– by William Cowling