Things We (The Reis Family) Love About Shelburne Farms:
Doing chores at the Farm Barn in the morning.
Serendipitously finding randomly placed Adirondack chairs near the Inn.
Eating grilled cheese sandwiches at the Farm Cart.
Finding awesome black and white rocks with cool patterns and skipping the flat ones across the lake.
Watching a storm come across Lake Champlain and knowing exactly when it will start raining.
Rolling down hills.
Huge open spaces beyond what you thought was nothing.
Socializing with a herd of friendly cows.
Running in the rain and discovering new trails.
Amazing 2- and 3-year Shelburne Farms homemade cheddar made from the farm’s Swiss Brown Cows’ milk.
Meeting interesting people at afternoon tea.
Walking through the flower garden.
Curling up on an adirondack chair.
Playing with the goat kids.
Delicious dinners overlooking the gorgeous Lake Champlain
Pain du chocolat at O’Bread Bakery
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"I want to help as much as possible to sustain Shelburne Farms"
I love history and the period of time when horse drawn carriages is a major interest.
The history of the coach barn is of great interest me.
I want to help as much as possible to sustain Shelburne Farms
Honeoye Falls, NY
"My heartfelt belief in its core mission"
I could easily fill several very thick volumes on what Shelburne Farms means to me. But the truth is that the essential meaning it holds is even too sacred a thing to really explain…my heartfelt belief in its core mission of Universal Sustainability through Education; a formula for change that will help change the World into a safer and more equitable place for everyone. Thank you… for making me feel I'm a part of this remarkable place called Shelburne Farms. It represents a true and beneficial social revolution in all ways.