You'll be guided by Amy Todisco, Nationally Recognized Green Living Expert, Health/Life Coach, and Marketing Director at Hartshorn Farm. Activities vary depending upon the time of the season.
Certified Organic Farm. Pluck a pea off the vine as you learn about organic agriculture and the history of Hartshorn Farm, where your tour guide, Amy, lives. Taste some fresh kale and chard. Dig a carrot. Find out what some of the weeds beneath your feet can help with. Pop a sweet cherry tomato into your mouth. Pick some blueberries. Put your hands in the warm soil and plant something. Harvest some veggies for your lunch time salad in the farmstand. We will enjoy a home made mostly organic and hydroponic greens filled vegetarian lunch.
Maple Sugar House. Amy’s organic farmer life partner, Dave, is also a fifth generation sugarmaker. Check out the maple sugarhouse. Find out how maple syrup was discovered. Taste a sample.
“It was such an amazing experience…Amy is so knowledgeable and her location is so breathtaking in the Mad River Valley!”-Lisa Schermerhorn
Hydroponic Growing. Visit the cutting edge, Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponic greenhouse where sustainability meets delicious year round in Vermont. Their motto is “Going green growing greens.” Find out how they do this. Taste tender delicious basil, watercress and lettuce greens.
Backyard Garden. Looking to create your own beautiful and productive veggie, herb and flower garden? Check out Amy’s backyard circular garden for inspiration. See which medicinal herbs are growing among the veggies and flowers and what they can do for you. Find the wild stinging nettle growing nearby and learn why it’s such a superfood. Discover what else might also be growing in your yard that you can use to heal.
Visit our Horses. You’ll also have an opportunity to feed Amy’s horses, Koko and Amigo, some carrots and learn a little about horses.
Each tour is customized to meet the needs and interests of the group that shows up, which means each tour/workshop will be slightly different. While the tours are designed for teens and adults, we are kid friendly. We create activities that cater to your child's age. (Amy runs a kid's farm camp in the summer too.)
Can be a pre-scheduled tour already on our calendar, or a pop-up tour. Pop up tours usually happen when guests to the Mad River Valley arrive and just find out about our tours. As long as we aren't already booked, we can create a new tour for your group. Minimum 2, maximum 15. Typically 10AM-12:30PM.
* $49 Ages 10 through Adult, $25 for Kids 6-9, 5 and under are free if they aren't eating the lunch or participating in the activities, otherwise it's $10 for all children 5 and under that are eating and participating. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, I'm happy to accept cash or checks. Just let me know by email ahead of time that you are paying via cash or check.