Creating a Personal Legacy

Working on my estate plans, my lawyer asked, “What do you believe in and value that you want to see continue beyond your lifetime?” – pause – Well, I believe in the power of education and I value the beauty and spirituality that I find in nature. Shelburne Farms…. the property, the people, the programs comes to mind.

Shelburne Farms has been my “home away from home” for the last 25 years. It is where I began volunteering by caring for the sheep during lambing, joined as staff in the Children’s Farmyard, and where I have been Tour Guide Program coordinator for eleven years.  It is where my husband and I courted and became committed partners.

The Farms is an amazingly beautiful 1,400 acre of classroom for teaching sustainability. It’s a place were the highly skilled, friendly, and knowledgeable explore with students, replace old pipes, grow lettuce, cook and clean; and its where creative teachers lead classes, camps, and conferences that support children, and all who want to make the world a better place.  

Every day, Shelburne Farms inspires me as a teacher, learner, poet, artist, photographer. And, yes, as a philanthropist. Working through my professional advisor, I created a Trust that shall continue providing monetary support for Shelburne Farms, long after I’m gone, carrying my values into the future.

I hope others will join me in expressing gratitude and sharing the abundance.

– Judy Brook
Shelburne Farms Tour Guide Program Coordinator

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