We love to share our farm, so please stop in and visit the greenhouse in the spring, the farm stand or CSA u-pick patch in the summer, select a pumpkin in the fall, or join us at one of our seasonal weekly meals so you can experience the fresh taste of organic and enjoy the view, while learning about how we grow certified organic vegetables.
We believe a farm must be able to sustain the farmers to survive the challenges both in Agriculture and in our lives.
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.
The Tisbert Family:
Joe, Anne, Jay, Becky, and Jon Tisbert,
and Bella our friendly black lab
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. She is great with finance advise. Becky has graduated with a degree in Interior Design and is working with the Smugglers Notch design team. She frequently assists and is responsible for implementing and designing our u-pick CSA garden and our new Raspberry patch. Jon finished a year at Johnson State College and also helps when not working in food preparation at Vermont National Country Clubs kitchen. His interests have varied over the years from chickens to Kale and we hope to have him work toward becoming one of our guest chefs. He and Becky live in the area and are found around the farm frequently helping with everything from hay rides to tossing bales of hay to enjoying the weekly dinners. Joe loves being able to focus on our organic vegetable business. He is also very 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. We are in the process of constructing a certified kitchen for our guest Chefs. It is such a unique agricultural experience and enjoyed by both our guests and our whole family. We hope you can join us for an educational experience and a wonderful meal. Life on the farm rolls along.
Hard work turns dreams into reality and Valley Dream Farm is our proof!