Why I Support

  • "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
  • "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

    Roger L Gardner 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.

    Jacques Martin South Burlington, VT