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The Farm at Morrison Corner appears in town land books in the late 1700's, as part of a property owned by no less a personage than Ira Allen himself.

But the Farm as we know it today didn't take shape until the 1830's. In the 1950's, with a song in her heart, and a party to celebrate, my grandmother sold off the last of the stock, tore down the barn, and recycled the boards into kitchen cabinets. I'm quite sure she wouldn't approve chickens, sheep, or, perish the thought... a cow. But the best she can do is haunt us from the graveyard by the woods.

Rolling back time is a tricky operation. When the original barn went up, at best it cost a few hundred dollars and was made with boards milled from our own trees. A barn today would have to meet USDA requirements if we wanted to sell milk or cheese to the public... and run a minimum of $17,000-$20,000 for a small barn... without equipment! There is an old joke about the Vermont farmer who won the lottery. "What are you going to do now?" the reporter asked. "Keep farming until its gone, I guess," he replied.

You can follow the history of our farm, from my great great grandmother Susan Else Turner through five generations of women and the times they lived in through our History of a Vermont Farm.

You can visit our farm through our "Farm Cam" which is updated regularly: Visit Farm Cam

And you can learn about raising a flock of your own chickens or a flock of your own Icelandic Sheep.

Interested in visiting the farm?  You'll need to stay in Stowe, VT We are open for visitors almost year 'round but we practice bio-security to keep our animals safe. We ask that you not ask to visit us if you've been out of the country in the past 3 months, that you bring footwear you don't mind having disinfected with bleach, and that you are aware that sheep are not comfortable around strangers. So if you're looking forward to handling a sheep, or inquiring about purchasing breeding stock, we'll need to know well in advance so we can contain the stock you're interested in.

Our farm is not a large operation, we are a self-sufficient homesteading farm, and consequently not suitable for large groups. But if you're interested in getting started with your own small farm, we're happy to meet with you and help you get started.

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The Farm at Morrison Corner raises Icelandic Sheep on the last hill farm in Mansfield, VT.  Learn about Raising Icelandic Sheep, Raising Chickens, Moving to Vermont and Living in Vermont on this and our other sites.

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