Why I Support - Share your story!

Shelburne Farms thrives because of our amazing members. We all have a unique connection with this place and mission, and our community is a patchwork of these stories.

Do you hike up Lone Tree Hill to recharge and clear your head each week? Did your child learn to milk a cow in our farmyard? Are you working hard to cultivate change for a more sustainable future?

Whatever your connection, we are so grateful for your commitment to Shelburne Farms! Once we read your story, we'll share it here and perhaps on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • "The change we want to see happen in the world is already happening at Shelburne Farms."

    As someone originally from the Dominican Republic, I always felt that the best use of my money was to give to what Paul Farmer has termed, "the triage nations of the world." Richer nations had a lot of resources, mine were needed more back home.
    When I first joined the board at Shelburne Farm over a decade ago, I felt it was time for "place-based giving" to an organization closer to what had become my home in Vermont. But I had brought along all the wary baggage of crisis giving, from a distance.

    It's been a heartening experience to be involved firsthand with a place that embodies the very values which we need to adopt if we are to survive on this threatened planet--no matter what nation or situation we come from.

    I see it in the way it is a working farm using methods that take care of the land. I see it in its education programs: creating a conservation mentality from the ground up with the very young. I see it in its outreach programs, around the world (farmers from my own Dominican Republic and Haiti brought to the Farms; educators from the Farms going to China to collaborate with teachers there; children from urban neighborhoods making connections with where their food comes from.)

    I know it's an organization that walks the talk because I've been walking that talk with it. Doing so has renewed my faith that significant transformative change can happen.

    But the single best thing about engaging with this place is that it becomes internalized into a way of thinking, a way of life.

    It's time the word gets out. The change we want to see happen in the world is already happening at Shelburne Farms. You can be part of it!

    Julia Alvarez Champlain Valley, VT
  • "The Farm kindles love and understanding of our earth in everyone it touches."

    40+ years ago some amazing people had the idea to protect this diverse and incredibly beautiful land on Lake Champlain that would make the previous three founding and farming generations very proud. Shelburne Farm is one of the most unique working farms in Vermont, the U.S and the world. By sharing and continuing to develop educational programs available to hundreds of people all year every year the Farm kindles love and understanding of our earth in everyone it touches. I grew up in Vermont and spent several weeks every summer on this farm and knowing that it will be protected and used by present and future generations is a dream come true.

    Gael Minton Ranchos de Taos, NM
  • "Running in the rain and discovering new trails"

    Things We (The Reis Family) Love About Shelburne Farms:

    1. Doing chores at the Farm Barn in the morning.
    2. Serendipitously finding randomly placed Adirondack chairs near the Inn.
    3. Eating grilled cheese sandwiches at the Farm Cart.
    4. Finding awesome black and white rocks with cool patterns and skipping the flat ones across the lake.
    5. Watching a storm come across Lake Champlain and knowing exactly when it will start raining.
    6. Getting lost.
    7. Rolling down hills.
    8. Huge open spaces beyond what you thought was nothing.
    9. Socializing with a herd of friendly cows.
    10. Running in the rain and discovering new trails.
    11. Amazing 2- and 3-year Shelburne Farms homemade cheddar made from the farm’s Swiss Brown Cows’ milk.
    12. Meeting interesting people at afternoon tea.
    13. Walking through the flower garden.
    14. Getting dirty.
    15. Curling up on an adirondack chair.
    16. Playing with the goat kids.
    17. Delicious dinners overlooking the gorgeous Lake Champlain
    18. Pain du chocolat at O’Bread Bakery
    Kyle Reis Ridgewood, NJ
  • "Shelburne Farms has been a good friend to my family."

    Forty years ago when Rick and I first came to Vermont with our infant son we spent a sunny and warm March day walking around Shelburne Farms and sitting by the side of Lake Champlain. It was in that moment that we decided to move to Vermont to begin a life of homesteading and raising our child. The year was 1973. We did move back to Vermont and bought a small piece of land in Huntington and built a little stone house on top of a hillside overlooking Camel's Hump. Over the years we have had the honor and delight to visit and enjoy Shelburne Farms for art shows, events, environmental conferences, petting farm animals with our grandchildren, or just hiking the grounds. As one of Vermont's most treasured places, Shelburne Farms, in all its natural beauty and accessibility, has been a good friend to my family. And I'm not even going to begin to rave about the remarkable cheese we eat every day that is made from the Brown Swiss Cows that graze on the open fields.

    Melinda Moulton Huntington, VT
  • "Shelburne Farms plays a very important role in our world today."

    Shelburne Farms plays a very important role in our world today. I see its mission of cultivating a conservation ethic for a sustainable future as critical to our future. We live in a world with a fast growing population, increased demand for our natural resources, and increased pollution. Having grown up in Vermont, I have seen many changes in our environment. As a kid I remember summers swimming in Lake Champlain with no thought of the algae blooms that plague it today. We need to teach people how to take care and treasure the world we live in. We also live in a world where so many young people have little exposure to the wonders of nature, how to explore them and treasure them. This is what the Farm does best, giving especially the young, a wonderful experience with nature. Through the Farm they demonstrate the stewardship of the land with their farming practices. I thoroughly enjoy my time at Shelburne Farms as a volunteer tour guide. It is a beautiful place, giving me a sense of an elegant bygone era, with an eye to a sustainable future. I am happy to have included Shelburne Farms in my estate planning.

    Bill Coon Starksboro, VT
  • "No better place to connect with nature and Vermont's working landscape."

    Shelburne Farms is our favorite spot in Vermont and will always occupy a special place in our hearts. From the solace of the fields in winter, to the birthing of the lambs in the spring, to the bustle of farm life in the summer, to the fall foliage and maple open house – there is always something to appreciate and enjoy. We have been bringing our children to Shelburne Farms since they were born, and feel that there is no better place to help them connect with nature and Vermont’s working landscape. We share the farm with all of our visiting friends and family, and our guests inevitably fall in love with every inch of Shelburne Farms as well.

    Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne Burlington, VT
  • "Shelburne Farms is always close to my heart."

    Although thousands of miles away, Shelburne Farms is always close to my heart. Folks there are the best proof of the idea I have about my American friends: generous, caring about our common heritage, committed to preserving natural and cultural resources for the generations to come.

    Maurilio Cipparone Pomezia, Rome, Italy
  • "I love the environment and you help the environment."

    I am donating money to you because I had a birthday party. The reason I chose you is one: because I love the environment and you help the environment. 2. Because I love animals and you do to. 3. I've gone on a number of field trips and done many camps and 4. I love your gardens and hiking paths and walking paths. So to help make all of these things happen to help make Shelburne [Farms] great.

    Dahlia R Burlington, VT