Our Family

Bob and Beth sitting on a couch smiling at each other

Bob and Beth Kennett here! We take pride in being warm, accommodating hosts to all our guests.

With the help of our son, David, his wife Asia and their children Ella, Cecilia, Leo, and Henry, we promote healthy and sustainable living. We like to think we give farm families everywhere a good name. It’s been our pleasure to welcome guests from around the world into our home and share with them life on the farm. Staying with us is like a visit to your “cool grandma’s” house where meals are cherished, you’ve never slept better, and a few chores and some fresh air does you a world of good.

In 1984, we were pioneers of the “agritourism” movement. We’re big supporters of the Keep Local Farms initiative and remain actively involved in their efforts. We’re also strong advocates of land conservancy and we practice what we preach. We’re not ones to toot our own horn, but we are fortunate to have been given the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community over the years. We love sharing our experiences and projects with our guests, so please don’t hesitate to ask! 

Beth Kennett, Cabot Creamery & Agritourism Spokesperson

Bob Kennett, Farmer & Holstein Association Board Member

 

Today, our son, David, works with us to continue the proud tradition of Liberty Hill Farm. 


He and his wife, Asia, and their daughter Ella, are a vital part of the farm!


David earned his degree in animal science from the University of Vermont and is an expert judge of dairy animals. Asia earned her degree from Middlebury College. She is in charge of feeding the calves, and working with the next generation of our farm.


As difficult as it may be for some guests to understand, we don’t think of farming as a job or a chore, but rather as an extension of who we are. Being able to share our love of the land and our dairy farm with others from around the world has added an extra, enriching dimension to our lives.

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We’re Green

We like to say that the new mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is simply a rewording of the ethic passed down from Beth’s grandparents: “Use It Up, Make It Do, Wear It Out, or Do Without.” We still like ours more but we’re all for anything that spreads the good word. Environmental stewardship has been ingrained in our family for generations. We continue to seek new ways to protect and care for the land and the resources around us. The way we see it, green is the only way to go.

The Kennett family strongly believes in community service and environmental stewardship of the land. We helped organize the White River Partnership, an environmental stewardship organization in the White River watershed. Our family helped create a land conservation project in Rochester, VT and have preserved several pieces of land for agricultural use. In 2011, we received the Windsor County Natural Resources Soil Conversation Farm of the Year award. We’re currently organizing the Connecticut River Farmers’ Watershed Alliance to work with farmers throughout the area.

In 2008, Liberty Hill Farm was designated as Vermont’s first certified Green Agritourism Enterprise. We have installed various energy-efficient initiatives in the barn including a heat exchanger to heat hot water, and a variable-frequency milking system that reduces energy consumption. In addition, we have worked on a number of environmental stewardship initiatives with stream bank restoration projects, erosion control, and land conservation. Our family participates in the sustainability program of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

Liberty Hill Farm & Inn has been designated a Green Hotel in Vermont and the farm is a Vermont Environmental Business Partner. Green Hotels commit to environmental excellence by achieving a set of environmental standards. Beth Kennett received the award from Governor Douglas at a ceremony in Montpelier at the State Capitol in 2008. It was a proud moment for the whole family.

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