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Family/History

Hello from Karen and Glenn Cook

Begun by Glenn’s parents Eleanor and Ed, our farm is now run by three generations of Cooks. The farm is a big piece of who we are, for none of us would be the same without the love, responsibility and stewardship it brings. All 145 acres is tended and cared for with an old-fashioned work ethic, combined with modern strategies that increase organic matter while decreasing our carbon footprint (more on that below!).

Cider Hill Farm began when Glenn’s parents Eleanor and Ed Cook  purchased the Battis Farm in 1978.  Three years later Glenn and his new bride Karen purchased the abutting Vedrani Farm, creating what is now a three generation family farm.

Our Mission:
What we do at cider hill is cultivate, nurture, and grow relationships; growing good food is simply a by-product of this mission and the calling of our dedicated farm family.

To whom much is given, much is expected.

We put our love for the land and its renewable treasures ahead of convenience and a fast profit. Since 1978, we’ve taken a strong and aggressive environmentally responsible approach to the use of our land. Our rigorous compost programs have drastically increased soil organic matter content, minimizing the need for fertilization, while we co-exist, encourage and protect the growth of our neighborly bee hives!

We are a farm, but we’re not old-fashioned.

This is 30+ years in the works, but we’re approaching 100% self-generated electricity for the farm and its 5 homes! In addition to our wind turbines, we create our own power from a 630-panel voltaic solar system. Combine that with high efficiency wood boilers, ongoing energy reviews, updates to lighting, components, and controls – and we are negating our carbon footprint, and conserving precious resources.

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