Welcome to Heartberry Hollow Farm & Forest
Rooted in Land, Growing in Love
We are delighted to be a part of the community that we call Heartberry Hollow Farm & Forest in East Roxbury, VT. This land is part of the Abenaki territory and nestled in the mountains of central Vermont. We purchased Heartberry Hollow in the winter of 2019 with the intention to build a life here among the red oaks, white pines, beaver, red winged blackbirds, and other members of the land community. Our hope is that over the next number of years we will evolve along with the land to learn what is coming into being...as well as introducing a few things that are close to our hearts! We have a flock of laying hens, raise meat chickens and ducks, as well as raising heritage pork and raw milk from our beloved Jersey cow Mocha.
We have milk, eggs, and occasionally overabundance from our organic vegetable garden and orchards for sale. Our farm stand is open from 7-7 every day except Monday, or by appointment. We offer landscape consulting, tree assessments, and permaculture design conversations by appointment. Please reach out to us with questions about our products, or if you are interested in any educational or spiritual programming on the farm.
Rooted in Land, Growing in Love
We took the name from a combination of images. First, because in Christian tradition the heart of Christ bears special significance - the heartbeat of life that enlivens all things and draws us closer to the source of being. Second, because in her book "Braiding Sweetgrass" Robin Wall Kimmerer describes the significance of strawberries as the first gift of the earth, freely given. For this reason the strawberry signifies both the unity of all things in the Divine and the generosity of the earth - freely giving of itself. The blending of Christian and indigenous imagery is an intentional way of reflecting both the history of colonization in the christian faith, and our commitment to becoming "indigenous to place" as Kimmerer herself encourages settlers/colonials to do.
Our first priority is to listen to the land and to learn to trust what the earth is offering to us rather than entering and colonizing the area immediately. We know that there is a robust community of life already present that has been lovingly tended by human beings for thousands of years. We are thrilled to continue to learn about the more-than-human community that thrives here.
We have introduced heritage breeds of chickens, pigs, and cows in our process of working with domesticated animals to build soil, sink carbon, and heal the land together.
Beginning in 2022 we began a new phase of relationship with The Retreat House at Hillsboro. The Retreat House is steeped in contemplative prayer and has been a companion in our journey as a couple since 2017 when we worked together to safely remove a pine tree that had been hit by lightening and was hanging over the little chapel on the property. After removing the tree, Jonathan crafted a standing altar for the graveyard from the section split by lightning. It was used for the first time for the Easter Vigil service, where Rachel co-celebrated the resurrection at the heart of life.
Since then, we have embarked on a new phase of relationship by partnering in earth-based spiritual practices offered here on our farm, in Maryland at the Retreat House, and virtually. For more information on any of these programs, or to get involved, please follow our journey at: https://retreathousehillsboro.org/
Come and Visit
We gladly welcome guests, visitors, and friends who are curious to see this incredible place. Whether it be time in prayer alone in the woods, time with Rachel and Jonathan, or a few hours of stress-release working in the garden, we are delighted to talk with you and see how we can support you and share this land with you.
Our farm stand is open from 7am-7pm (closed on Mondays). Visits are by appointment.
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Steele Hill Rd, Randolph, VT, USA