Sarah & Stephen Park
Prior to moving to Vermont, Stephen worked on organic vegetable farms in the Willamette valley in Oregon. He spent many years developing his own creative business ventures, from picking and sourcing wild mushrooms out west, to selling tacos at festivals in Vermont. He is now pouring his boundless energy into this farm to make it better every day. He is a true jack of all trades on the farm and is a talented cook.
Sarah has dedicated her life to growing food in her home state of Vermont. Her time spent working on small vegetable farms inspired her to set roots here and seek land. Between managing the greenhouses, farm stand and selling their produce at the Shelburne Farmers Market each Saturday, she finds joy in producing fresh, nutritious food from seed to plate.
Formerly known as Norris Berry Farm, the Norris family purchased the farm in 1973 and operated it as a dairy for many years before transitioning to berries and produce. It was Norma's idea to plant strawberries, and over time she grew from the corner of her garden to several acres of strawberries and mixed vegetables in cultivation. She also opened the farm for Pick Your Own berries, and the farm remains a well loved summer destination for the community. By the time she was ready to retire in 2016, Norma had built a well loved business.
In 2016, Norma sold the farm to the Vermont Land Trust, an organization dedicated to the protection of agricultural land. In January 2017 the land trust chose Stephen and Sarah Park to take over the farm through their Farmland Access Program, which allows farmers to purchase property at agricultural value, conserving the land and ensuring the land stays in agricultural production in the process. The transition was quick, and the Parks were able to take over operations and fully run the farm by March 2017.
The Parks leased the farm from the land trust for one year and were finally able to purchase it in summer 2018, conserving the land in the process. They are grateful to have the opportunity to continue the legacy of the farm and look forward to many bountiful seasons ahead.