Our mission and history
Promoting ecologically based agriculture and gardening as a means to self-reliance and as a healing force for our society and environment has been our focus since we started in 2004. (See one of our project newsletters for more information about our earlier activities Newsletter 2011). While we began with community gardening projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, we are now focusing on local projects (with the occasional overseas project). Biodiversity encompasses the species richness and abundance of all living things in an agricultural ecosystem. A richness of plants, animals and micro- organisms on a farm or in a garden can help provide stability and ecological services such as pollination, pest management through predation, and long term soil fertility, while allowing a reduction or elimination outside inputs such as chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Pollinator CARE (Conservation, Advocacy, Research and Education) is the main goal of our Pollinator Pathways project.
Through our own 25 years of work and experimentation here at The Farm Between we have been exploring the power of compost, soil health, integrating livestock with horticultural crops, multi-species management-intensive grazing, crop diversity, interplantings, perennial polycultures, and hedgerows/windbreaks for beneficial insects and pollinators. Through our 501 (c)3 non-profit, ‘Seeds of Self Reliance’ we have been providing seeds, plants, equipment, and technical information to community groups and schools who want to enhance biodiversity in their agricultural endeavors. Over the years we have given many educational workshops and talks on topics ranging from ‘raising rabbits on pasture’ to ‘planting for pollinators’ and have helped install over 20 community and school gardens here in Vermont and abroad.
All of our work is volunteer based. We have an extremely efficient model with low overhead that gets projects done. If you would like to be a part of our work as a volunteer or sponsor, please visit our Contact/Donate page.