Peter Forbes, one of the current stewards of Knoll Farm, will explain how the 160-acre farm made the transition 15 years ago to operate almost entirely on sun and wood, with minimal use of fossil fuels, and with a return of rebuilding soil health. Participants will be taken on a tour of the systems used to accomplish this, which include a tarm wood gasifier, wood storage system, composting toilets, solar energy production, and woodlot management.
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Knoll Farm is a certified organic family farm on a steep hillside in the heart of the Green Mountains, near Waitsfield, Vermont. The land has been in agriculture since 1804 and its buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The land, which tilts to the southeast, is perfectly suited for growing berries, and the farm's large flock of Icelandic sheep enjoys the pastures and woodland edges. They sell their lamb and berries wholesale to local groceries and restaurants, and offer them – as well as many other products – at the farm store year-round. They are a popular destination in the summer months for pick-your-own berries, picnicking, farm-to-table dinners, and special events throughout the year.