Smart Growth in Action: Kingsbury Farm Meets Vermont Foodbank
The twenty-acre Kingsbury Community Farm, located in Warren along the Mad River, is about to be transformed into the ultimate working farm, thanks to a recent sale agreement between the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Foodbank.
The Vermont Land Trust purchased the farm in 2007, after residents and community organizations supported the continuation of farming on the site. Supporters, including the Town of Warren, the Mad River Localvore Project, the Mad River Vally Planning District and Friends of the Mad River, rallied together to raise $495,000.
The Vermont Foodbank plans to grow root crops for local and statewide food banks. The property also holds a large farmhouse and basement, which provides a perfect root cellar, a garage and barn. Other plans for the farm include renovating the old barn into a community meeting space, a winter farmers market and an educational exhibit that will focus on the connection between agriculture and hunger.
The idea of a community organization utilizing a working farm is an innovative approach. In the end, the long term impact of this project will mean more hungry families will be fed and our working landscape will remain in productive use.