Local Organic Farmer to Speak
Lisa MacDougall, the owner of Mighty Food Farm in Shaftsbury, will be speaking about her
dream of becoming an organic farmer in Vermont at a talk sponsored by the Bennington Branch of the American Association of University Women at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, at the Unitarian Fellowship Meetinghouse, located at 108 School Street in Bennington. The public is invited to attend; there is no charge and refreshments will be served.
As a young woman farmer in Vermont, Lisa MacDougall, 33, has overcome many challenges. In 2006, she and a business partner leased five acres in Pownal to start Mighty Food Farm. But Lisa’s dream was to own her own land. After six years of searching on her own, she found good, affordable land in Shaftsbury, and with the assistance of a Vermont Land Trust grant, she was able to purchase 154 conserved acres. Mighty Food Farm, certified by the Vermont Organic Farmers, is what is called a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) program. A CSA includes a farmer and a community of supporters (members) who purchase a ‘share,’ or portion, of the farm’s harvest each year before the growing season. Farmers benefit from this arrangement because it gives them the money they need to purchase seeds, supplies, and equipment as they prepare for the growing season. Members benefit when they get to choose from a variety of fresh, organic vegetables each week. Lisa does it all: drives the tractor, plants the seeds, manages the books, hires the crew, and much, much more to get fresh produce to local farmers’ markets, farm stands, restaurants and other retail outlets.