The Vermont Foodbank is a statewide organization based in Barre. It supports food shelves and pantries in dozens of communities and operates outreach programs related to hunger issues. The Foodbank received the Barber Farm's first large food donation – 9,000 pounds of potatoes in 2009.
The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf serves Burlington, Vermont’s largest city. In the 1980’s, when we grew vegetables commercially, we gave them our seconds. Currently, we donate cabbage, peppers, squash, potatoes and even a few pumpkins.
Salvation Farms is dedicated to wringing the waste out of Vermont’s food production and distribution systems. In addition to rallying volunteers for gleaning expeditions to participating farms, they run an employment training program. We are fortunate to have the help of these men and women.
The Richmond Food Shelf is located just down the road from the Barber Farm, so we are happy to know that our donations there go directly to feeding our neighbors and local community.
The preservation of the Barber Farm was sealed in 2010 with the sale of development rights; it will remain farmland forever.
The Vermont Land Trust was the major enabler of the transaction with significant assistance from the town of Jericho and the Jericho Underhill Land Trust. These far-sighted entities, in a real sense, set the table for this new chapter in the history of Barber Farm.