In early 2000, our family's private operating foundation, LivingFuture, was in need of a site for its flagship project, the mission of which was "to create an ecologically intelligent food, energy and building system that enhanced the environment and served the evolution of its occupants." After visiting several properties, we found the ideal setting, location, and core parcel. True of many Vermont farms, however, the core property was just a piece of what had been a large holding that was subdivided into smaller holdings now owned by different parties. Driven by the project's mission, between 2003 and 2004 we set out to reassemble as much of the original farm as we could. In two transactions we successfully aggregated 1,296± contiguous acres that today we call Teal-SHo Farm (SHo is an abbreviation of our last names, Smith & Hoffman).
The foundation completed phase one of the project in 2007, the result of which was the birth of Teal-SHo Farm Center. The Center includes an 8± acre permaculture-designed polyculture, 32,750± square feet of mixed-use space (of which half is new construction), and renewable heat and electrical systems with tie-in capability for microhydro and wind. It is enfolded by our remaining 1,288± acre watershed and sits beneath Camels Hump mountain, one of wildest and most iconic ridgelines in the Green Mountains. The innovative work our Foundation did to create a highly sophisticated food-energy-building system will serve as a valuable and evolving educational platform for many of our future projects.
Our current work focuses on land-centric projects. Our broad-acre holding has evolved into a wildlife-assisted permaculture research center, stewarded to exemplify ecological integrity and regenerative land stewardship. We recognize that well-stewarded properties of this size and location are rare, and that parcel fragmentation due to financial pressure is namely to blame.
Teal-SHo Farm is an iconic and inspirational place. The value of what's been created here is in the realization of a life-enhancing vision that supports the most basic human activities: growing food; building shelter; and generating heat and electricity. The Center is tangible proof of not only what's possible, but what is demanded for all life on this planet to survive and thrive.
We heavily invested our foundation’s resources to examine, explore and execute our vision of creating an integrated, ecologically-designed farmstead. We are producing an assortment of superfoods not typical for this growing region, and are doing so on an elegant green footprint. This is a satisfying, values-based return to us. We are delighted by the global impact possibiilties that can be manifested here, and look forward to sharing our on-going land stewardship work.
Town of Huntington, Chittenden County, Northwestern Vermont
Latitude & Longitutde
Access & Distances
Burlington International Airport (1 hr flight from Boston & NYC)
2.5 hrs to Montreal; 4 hrs to Boston; 6 hrs to NYC
10,538-SF; c. 1865, 1969, 1989, 100%-sustainably rebuilt 2008, 6-bedrooms & 1-full, 4-3/4, 2-1/2 baths
14,661-SF; c. 2007 3-story heated timber frame barn constructed from salvaged Douglas fir beams
2,814-SF c. 2001 hand-hewn post & beam frame barn-converted to 1-bedroom & 1-bath living quarters & painting studio
2,401-SF; c. 2001 2-bedrooms & 1-bath
2,336-SF; c. 1988 2-story equipment storage facility
7-8 year old permaculture-designed perennial fruit, nut, and fuel polyculture. Selection of 2014 harvest: plums, quince, seaberries, aronia, blueberries, cherries, cold hardy kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, goumi, autumn olive, currants, wild apples, mushrooms, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, horseradish, and hazelnuts.
Property abuts Camels Hump State Forest, and is part of the greater Winooski and Camels Hump Watersheds. Significant wildlife habitat: migratory bird stop-over, bear, moose, deer, fox, coyote, mink, otter, beaver, bobcat, fisher, weasel, turkey, rabbit, hawks, owls, hummingbirds, northern songbirds.