The Kennett Family
Rochester, VT

802-767-3926
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Where Does the Milk Go?
Is Liberty Hill Farm a Bed & Breakfast?
How big is the farm?
What other animals live at the farm?
Do guests have to do farm chores?
Why do you open your beautiful farmhouse to strangers?
Why do people choose a farm vacation?
What do guests get out of a farm vacation?

Where Does the Milk Go?
This is probably the most frequently asked question, followed by where are the kittens? (In the hayloft) and can I feed a baby cow today? (if there is one on hand, of course! We love having help.) Our milk is used to produce Vermont’s finest cheddars, made by Cabot Creamery and Grafton Village Cheese. Cabot is well known as the maker of the World’s Best Cheddar, among many other awards, and Grafton Village Cheese is also acclaimed for its traditional Vermont aged cheddars. Three Owls Sheep Farm in Granville used our milk for its delicious Liberty Blue Cheese, a handmade, artisanal cheese sold at farm markets and natural food stores. Our guests love to find these cheeses in local markets and grocery stores, so they can savor Liberty Hill Farm all year long.

Is Liberty Hill Farm a Bed & Breakfast?
Yes! and so much more! We provide a welcoming atmosphere, comfortable beds in sunny rooms and healthy, hearty meals using locally grown produce. On the other hand, this is a genuine, working farm where guests are introduced to a whole farm experience. Our family is working hard to produce milk for Cabot Cheese, so we have to keep running!! You are welcome to participate as much or as little as you like. Many guests want to help with chores, while others simply enjoy sitting in the porch rockers, walking to the river and relishing the farm meals. Have fun – this is your vacation! We offer a farm experience with your bed and breakfast.

How big is the farm?
We have 125 acres surrounding the barn and farmhouse, with a mile frontage on the White River. We also own two other parcels nearby; one has 96 acres with a barn for heifers and young cows; an additional 40 acres, where we grow crops to feed the cows, is in a land conservation trust. We have approximately 250 animals we care for at any one time.

What other animals live at the farm?
Children usually feel kittens are the most important farm animal, followed by the calves. Kittens and cats live in the barn loft, never in the house. (We know that many folks are allergic to cats and we keep all animals out of the house. Besides, they have a beautiful barn to live in!) We have assorted barn animals, including chickens, rooster and occasionally a goat, pigs, and sheep.

Do guests have to do farm chores?
No. Guests are free to do whatever they wish. This is a farm vacation, not a working vacation.

Why do you open your beautiful farmhouse to strangers?
To tell the truth, we have so many repeat visitors, fewer and fewer are strangers. Our guests feel like they have become our extended family!! We are equally delighted to welcome new guests into our home and into our family. The relationships with folks from across the country and around the world have made our lives truly enriched.
In 1984, when the price of milk plummeted, we needed extra income to make ends meet and keep the farm going. We are blessed to have a lovely house that can accommodate so many guests comfortably. Once upon a time, this valley was home to 50 dairy farms, and now only Liberty Hill Farm remains in the dairy business.
We consider ourselves advocates for agriculture. At the dining table, the discussions are lively and often enlightening, with topics ranging from agritourism to biofuels, sustainable agriculture to international food policies. Opening our home to visitors is about sharing our way of life and talking with interested guests about farming. Our guests speak to us about how the experience has helped them better appreciate the contribution of family farms to the economy and to the social fabric of our country.

Why do people choose a farm vacation?
Guests come for many different reasons – to relax, escape the city, enjoy nature, celebrate a special occasion, reminisce or experience the simple pleasures of a vanishing way of life. There are so many reasons, but it really boils down to hospitality, companionship and meals lovingly prepared. We might not have a spa, but we have breathtaking scenery and a great swimming hole in the river!

What do guests get out of a farm vacation?
We hope the experience is both fun and fulfilling. We believe guests learn a lot from their firsthand experience with a unique way of life and become more aware of the connection between farmers and the food that ultimately arrives on their own dinner table. Guests have expressed that they have a deeper understanding and are more selective in their purchase of farm products when they return home, particularly after milking a cow or bottle-feeding a calf! When guests find out we are member-owners of Cabot Cooperative, they love to buy Cabot Cheese at their local market.

Beth & Bob Kennett
511 Liberty Hill
Rochester VT 05767
802-767-3926
beth@libertyhillfarm.com

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