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Sam Burr and Eugenie Doyle have been farming together since 1980. Originally conventional dairy and strawberry farmers they sold the cows and transitioned to organic production methods in the early 1990’s. They have been certified organic by VOF, a division of NOFA-VT since 1998. Their 280-acre Monkton farm in beautiful Addison County, Vermont, was formerly operated by the Shattuck family for 150 years. In 1992 it was conserved with the Addison County Community Trust / Vermont Land Trust ensuring that the land will remain in agricultural use.
Sam and Eugenie, along with the frequent help of grown children Nora, Silas, and Caleb and many young apprentices, grow 90 acres of hay and 6+ acres of berries and vegetables. All are sold locally at the farm stand, via pick-your-own, at farmers’ markets, at local stores and restaurants.
The farm is known for its garlic! The Last Resort plants about 200 pounds of garlic annually, and was one of the farms that participated for several years in the garlic trials for the Big News for Garlic project (read about this project on the Garlic Seed foundation website). The farm was one of eleven farms in the United States and Ontario that participated in these national trials sponsored by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE-SARE), the US Department of Agriculture and The Garlic Seed Foundation.
When not farming, Eugenie writes fiction and recently completed her second novel, According to Kit, named a 2010 Honor Book by The Society of School Librarians International. A graduate of the Vermont College MFA program, she has published short stories in various literary journals, and is the author of Stray Voltage, a Sunshine State Young Readers Award List Nominee for 2004-2005.