Vermont Valley Community Farm is a family farm. We (Barb and David Perkins) and our children left Madison in August of 1994 to begin this CSA adventure. Little did we know what a vibrant, successful farm we would create, with the help of many people. Our first CSA season, 1995, we delivered 50 shares. Today, 20 years later, we deliver nearly 1,100 shares each week. Our total number of shares is just over 1450, including standard, every other week and large shares. In 1995 David and I and our three children, along with longtime friend Joe Schmitt (still a flower grower on this farm), did all of the work. As the CSA grew we needed more and more help. We started our worker share program in 1996 and it is still a big source of labor and connection to the farm. A worker share works 4 hours each week for 20 weeks in exchange for a share. In 1999 we hired our first employee. Today we have 6 year round employees and 2 seasonal employees. About 10 years ago we brought the Cambodian crew to the farm to help us. This mix of worker shares, seasonal Cambodian labor and hired employees is what keeps this farm going. It’s a fun and diverse mix. Everyone has a niche, a specialty, a strength.

The Crew. Here goes as I introduce everyone. Top row, on top of tractor: Barb Perkins (matriarch) labor manager and much else; Becky Perkins, farm cook; Eric Perkins, packing shed manager. Standing: Elisabeth Minich, crew leader/harvest manager; Hilary Olsen and Thomas Sonnenberg, summer help extraordinaire; Chris Klaeser, farm mechanic/crew leader; Jonnah Perkins, office manager; Jesse Perkins, field operations, everything that has to do with tractors and a little bit of everything else; David Perkins (patriarch) very long list of jobs.

Check out our Meet Your Farmers page to learn more about your farm crew.

The next generation:

Paavo, Jesse and Jonnah’s son, in one of his favorite places, the shed where the tractors are kept.

Paavo, Jesse and Jonnah’s son, in one of his favorite places, the shed where the tractors are kept.

Felix, Becky son.

Felix, Becky son. He found a favorite food this June.

Mischa, Jesse and Jonnah’s daughter.

Mischa, Jesse and Jonnah’s daughter. In an attempt to find the perfect sized pool, I took this tub out of the greenhouse where it is used to fill flats with soil.

The Cambodians

The Cambodian crew working in the packing shed.

The Cambodian crew working in the packing shed.

Barb