Farm Life

Farm life is the good life, and so we welcome our guests in with open arms.

We share with you and your loved ones the joys and challenges of life on the farm. Some might say it’s a simple life but we can assure you not a dull day goes by.

Farm life is full of life. Among other friendly farm animals, we house about 270 cows on our farm. They’re known as Robeth Holsteins and they’re our award-winning herd, making us very proud owners. Our barn doors are always open to guests so please, come on in and explore. Adults and kids alike can milk the cows, bottle-feed newborn calves and cuddle with kittens.

Farm life revolves around food. Every day begins and ends with farm-fresh food – a bountiful country breakfast and a wholesome, homemade sit-down meal – both hard earned and well deserved.

Farm Fun

On our farm, fun is always in abundance and every day is a new adventure.No matter the season, there’s plenty to do and see. Please, be our guest and come experience it for yourself.

  • Try your hand at milking cows.
  • Bottle-feed baby calves.
  • Get your feet (and hair) wet with a swim.
  • Take one of our tubes down the White River.
  • Switch gears and go mountain biking.
  • Fly fish and reel in a trout or salmon.
  • Hike our winding, endless trails.
  • Grab one of our baskets and go berry picking.
  • Wander around the Wildflower fields.
  • Strap on some snowshoes and walk on white.
  • Go on a cross-country skiing excursion.
  • Cuddle with our cute country kittens.
  • Feed our hungry herd, the Holsteins.
  • Pick fresh vegetables (and eat ’em).
  • Gaze at the stars.

Our Creed

Words we live by, as farmers.

These beliefs guide us day in and day out, from sunup to sundown. If you have a moment, please read. Who knows? Maybe they’ll inspire you to go out and live off the land like we do.

I believe a man’s greatest possession is his dignity,
and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.

I believe hard work and honest sweat
are the building blocks of a person’s character.

I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments,
is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth.

I believe farming nurtures the close family ties
that make life rich in ways money can’t buy.

I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime
and can be learned in no other way.

I believe farming provides education for life
and that no other occupation teaches so much
about birth, growth, and maturity, in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free:
the splendor of a sunrise,
the rapture of wide-open spaces,
the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field,
your children grow tall in the sun,
your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.

I believe that by my toil,
I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it,
an honor that does not come to all men.

I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done
for my fellowman,
and by this standard I fear no judgment.

I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days,
he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived.

I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.

Local Life

Calling all culture seekers, history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts and naturalists.

Liberty Hill Farm is nestled in the quiet comfort of the countryside and yet only a stone’s throw (or maybe a hurl) from the areas most inspiring sights. There’s the inimitable Shelburne Museum, the vast Green Mountain National Forest, and the scenic Silver Lake State Park among other destinations listed below. Suffice to say, we offer a sure cure to those suffering from Nature Deficiency Disorder!

Shelburne Museum: 150,000 exhibited works of art, design and Americana.

Green Mountain National Forest: Nearly 400,000 acres rife with wildlife and begging to be explored by foot, by bike, by snowshoe or cross-country ski.

Robert Frost Trail: Walking trail that passes through woods on the farm once owned by the renowned poet.

Appalachian Trail: Longest hiking-only trail in the world.

Long Trail: Oldest long-distance trail in the U.S.

Catamount Trail: Long-distance Nordic ski trail spanning the length of Vermont

Billings Farm & Museum: Operating dairy farm and museum of Vermont’s rural heritage.

Silver Lake State Park: Sandy swimming area and scenic camping grounds – perfect for picnics.

Simon Pearce Flagship: Renowned restaurant with glassblowing demonstrations in a restored 19th century mill overlooking a waterfall.

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Our Cattle

The One & Only Robeth Holstein Herd 

Robeth—a combination of our first two names—is the coined prefix for our registered herd. Our herd has been one of the leading milk producers in the State of Vermont for most of the past 27 years. Robeth Holsteins are known for their excellent genetics and have been honored with the Progressive Breeder Registry Award from the Holstein Association for the past 20 years. While the numbers vary, we generally have 270 head of animals all together: cows, calves and heifers, with 120 of those being the milking cows.

 

Good Cow Genes

When we bought the farm from John Hunt, a premier dairy breeder in the 1920s and ’30s, he had a cow named Pearl—a direct descendent of the famous Maryland dairy herd named Dunloggin. Most of our current herd descends from Pearl. Our cows’ lineage has been traced back to the 1880s when they were imported from Holstein Friesland, an area between Germany and the Netherlands.

Cabot Co-op

Liberty Hill Farm is one of the voices representing the family farm owners of Cabot Creamery Co-operative. We take great pride in spreading the word about the great Cabot products to whoever will listen. Fortunately for us, the products speak for themselves. Cabot Cheddar Cheese has won every major award for taste and our Cabot Butter is a blue ribbon winner too.

Liberty Hill and Cabot Highlights

Liberty Hill Farm participates in Cabot’s Open Farm Events held over the past couple of years and our story is available on Cabot’s website, among the online virtual farm tours.


Beth and our cow, Larue, were featured in a Cabot Creamery Co-operative commercial that aired on TV.  View the Hug a Farmer video here.


In December 2013 Beth went with other Cabot Farmers on the Cabot Creamery Co-operative Gratitude tour in New York City to tout the Cabot goods—singing their praises from the rooftops!