We love to share our farm, so please stop in and visit the greenhouse in the spring, the farm stand in the summer, or join us at one of our seasonal weekly meals so you can experience the fresh taste of our organic produce 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.
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, hence the need for a name change.
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 and ventured into the world of organic farming.
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 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 financial advise. Becky has graduated with a degree in Interior Design and is working at Bouchard Pierce in Essex and would help you design the kitchen of your dreams. She frequently assists at the farm. Jon works in sales but has had recent discussions with Farmer Joe on processing hemp on the farm. His interests have varied over the years and we hope to have him work toward returning to the farm. 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 sharing their farm background when dining with our guests at 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 Vermont Farm Bureau President. In the winter he is often seen at the statehouse. The Farm to Table Dinners have taken off and are a very successful addition to our farm. Our guest continue to return year after year for a delicious meal. We are in the process of constructing a certified kitchen for our “on-farm” Chef Paul Gillespie. It is such a unique agricultural experience and we enjoyed both our guests and our family life and farm work. 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!