Shelburne Farms : Farm

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”The new environmental awareness that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s inspired changing farming practices at Shelburne Farms. The back-to-the-land movement was prevalent in pockets of rural areas in the United States from coast to coast and it took hold at Shelburne Farms with some of Lila and Seward’s descendants. The movement’s call to urbanites to become farmers was to take small agricultural spaces and grow food on the land on a small scale to feed the farmers themselves, their families, or nearby communities. . . . By the 1980s, the farm switched to grass-based livestock farming to improve environmental health and economic viability. The farm also began to raise and grow more and more of its own food.”

Glenn Suokko, ”Farming the Land,” in Shelburne Farms: House, Gardens, Farm, and Barns (New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2017), 188.