Merck Farmland

Sixty acres, managed using low-impact, ecologically-sensitive practices.

A century and a half ago, most of Vermont’s forests were open fields, including the farmsteads in Rupert which would become Merck Forest & Farmland. The remaining forests were managed as short-term woodlots, and decades-old agricultural practices were slowly degrading soil fertility, and harming natural resources and wildlife populations.

Today, the farm is both a working landscape and a field classroom for school groups. Our farm staff and apprentices use low-impact, ecologically-sensitive practices in order to integrate the 60-acre farm with the natural environment. The animals — pigs, sheep, chickens and horses — are raised according to the highest standards of humane animal management.

Days a Year to Enjoy the Farm

Farm Products Available For Purchase

Merck Forest and Farmland Center offers a variety of farm products for sale at the Joy Green Visitor Center. Some products are also available at our online store.