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Small Axe Farm

Barnet, Vermont, USA

Small Axe Farm ticks all the boxes. The regenerative farm grows organic fruits and veggies while also being off-grid and no-till. The farm’s landscape is unique; the hillside property presents some growing challenges, but farmers Heidi Choate and Evan Perkins make it work. They grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in raised beds that run east to west across the slope, thus eliminating soil erosion. Pathways between the beds collect rainwater for the crops, and despite being in agricultural zone 4, the south-facing hill allows them to trap heat and grow plants over a longer season. No-till practices mean they can produce more food in less space using fewer inputs. More importantly, the technique traps carbon in the soil where it belongs. The farm is 100% off-grid and is powered by solar panels. Small Axe Farm specializes in growing salad mixes, microgreens, shoots, heirloom tomatoes, salad turnips, radishes, and cucumbers. The couple’s son is following in his parents’ footsteps, successfully running a rhubarb business since 2010! The community can enjoy the nutritious produce through custom online orders or the summer CSA, local co-ops, grocery stores, restaurants, and schools.

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Catherine Sherriffs

Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her two young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.