The Farm

Trollhaugen Farm in Newfane, Vermont is a small family farm owned and operated by Johanna Gardner with the help of her farmhand, April, and her husband, Bahman.

Home to a lively bunch of human and non-human animals, it is also the headquarters of Madame Jo’s Crêperie, and the site of an award-winning yurt.

The farm stretches over ninety-four acres of largely forested land, populated with clear streams, mossy pine groves and grassy, sheep-studded pastures.

The farm is nestled beneath beautiful Newfane Hill, offering verdant, sun-dappled scenery in spring and summer, and a dazzling backdrop of fiery colors during foliage season.

At the base of the hill sits the historic farmhouse, built in the 1790s and maintained by Johanna’s family since 1938. Both idyllic and wild, the farm/house is fruit of generations of labor and love.

Trollhaugen Farm
Trollhaugen Farm
“Check out these solar panels working in harmony with the house, close to invisible on the roof, yet very productive. The sun supplies the energy and a battery pack keeps essentials, like the lights and essential appliances, powered when our variable New England weather brings us a power outage.”
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Trollhaugen Farm
Trollhaugen Farm
First batch of chicks for this year!
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Trollhaugen Farm
Trollhaugen Farm
Ok, so WHY do I like ducks so much? Oh my God. First, Bahman says they are OCD. Hilarious animals with some of the best choreographed dance moves in the animal kingdom. Second, they can be such party animals, and have extended group squawks loud enough to raise the dead! Third, they eat stuff we dislike, such as weeds, bugs and seeds. Fourth, they play tag with each other on land and in the water. Fifth, they are happy jacks, scooting around snacking with glee. Sixth, I love that they clue me into to birds flying overhead by cocking their head to the side so they can see in the air. I immediately know to look up, cuz something interesting is going on. Seventh, they love to swim, dive, and eat. And finally, and perhaps most significant, they like to be part of a flock, in a way that chickens do not. What a great animal!
Trollhaugen Farm
Trollhaugen Farm
So here is my three year project... turn this hillside into pasture. I need some more piggies to get it started!