Now is the time to sign up for Summer 2016 CSA Shares!
We love to share our farm, so please stop in. Experience the fresh taste of organic while enjoying the view.
We believe a farm must be able to sustain the farmers to survive. Our focus is on our farm and CSA.
We strive to build a better community. We have donated over 50,000 lbs of produce to local food shelves and Salvation Farms.
We are proud to be members of Deep Root Organic Co-Op. They market and ship our crops from Maine to Florida.
If you are interested in becoming an Intern with Valley Dream Farm, please visit our Farm Internship page.
Joe, Anne, Jay, Becky, and Jon Tisbert,
Zippy & Bella the dogs.
A Little Tisbert Family History
We purchased the Farm in 1992 from Fred Trask and the American Farmland Trust. It was originally called “Sugar Bush Farm”, but the 90 acres of maple sugar trees were separated from the main farm and sold to our neighbors before our purchase.
We began by milking 90 head of registered Holsteins, but falling milk prices forced us to sell the cows and find work off the farm. Working two or three jobs each, we played our own version of Survivor while trying to keep a family of six our first priority. Family medical problems compounded the struggle. Worst of all, a rare tumor initially robbed our 16-year-old son Jay of speech, sight and movement for months, and he remains in a wheelchair today. But we persevered. When Jay’s communication ability returned, as he went to college to study horticulture with Mom at his side.
Our interest in organic farming started when we were offered a large quantity of chemicals to eradicate some serious weeds. We knew our water table and these harsh chemicals would eventually meet, so we declined the offer.
Anne’s small scale business supplying vegetables to local restaurants rapidly expanded. The kids’ Organic Pumpkin Patch opened the door to our first wholesale shipment.
Jay graduated from VTC with a degree in Landscape and Horticultural design. He and Anne brought home all his knowledge of soils, plants, and greenhouses. Ashley has graduated with a Masters in Business and now works for Oracle. Becky has graduated with a degree in Interior Design and after working with the Smugglers Notch design team she has returned and is now working harder than ever back at the farm. Jon finished a year at Johnson State College and moved home to help us for several years. His interest have varied over the years from chickens to Kale to more recently working with food preparation. He still lives on the farm and frequently helps with everything from hay rides to tossing bales and rarely misses the weekly dinners. Joe retired from IBM and loves being back home to help the organic vegetable business continue to expand. He is also busy representing Vermont’s diverse agricultural farmers as the states Farm Bureau President. The Farm to Table Dinners have taken off and are a successful addition to the farm. Our guest continue to return year after year for a newly created meal which changes weekly with the diversity of our vegetables and the creative abilities of our wonderful guest Chefs each season. It is such a unique agricultural experience enjoyed by the whole family. Life on the farm rolls along.
Hard work turns dreams into reality and Valley Dream Farm is our proof!