HISTORY OF THE BARBER FARM
Azariah Rood founds the farm, the third settlement in Jericho, Vermont.
Colonel Edgar Barber returns from the Civil War at age 18 (!) and begins farming with his wife, Ada Polly. A war wound hinders his abilities and at the suggestion of Mrs. Barber’s cousin in Ohio they become pioneers in ag-tourism.
The Barbers build up a thriving summer business boarding visitors from Toledo, Chicago and Washington D.C.
Charles Ezra Scribner, a founding member of the American Society of Electrical Engineers, an acquaintance of Bell and Edison and holder of more than 400 patents, buys the farm from the Barbers, after summering there.
Gary Marshall, who was engaged as a farm manager by Scribner, and his wife Doris purchase the Barber Farm.
The Marshalls' son, Glen, runs the Barber Farm as a dairy until 1977.
The Marshalls' daughter, Jean, and her husband, Charlie Siegchrist, start a business growing fruits and vegetables on the Barber Farm.
The Barber Farm makes its first large donation — 9,000 pounds of produce for the Vermont Food Bank.
Charlie and Jean conserve the farm as agricultural land, safe from development forever.
The Barber Farm officially incorporates as a nonprofit, allowing donors to make tax-exempt gifts.