High Mowing Organic Seeds Purchases Farm Property
for Future Headquarters
April 16, 2015
WOLCOTT, Vt. – High Mowing Organic Seeds today announced that it has purchased a farm property in Hyde Park, Vermont. The new property will serve as High Mowing’s future permanent headquarters, enabling the company to expand production of organic seeds while supporting the long-term needs of the business.
High Mowing purchased the 250-acre parcel from friends and neighbors, the Clark family. The Clarks have been operating Applecheek Farm, a certified organic livestock operation, on the land for the past fifteen years. They will continue to operate their business and graze their animals on a portion of High Mowing’s property for the foreseeable future. They are also retaining a portion of the property, which has been owned by their family for over 50 years.
“We are excited to work with the Clark family to support the success of both businesses on this historic farmland. We feel so grateful for the opportunity to build a permanent home in a location with such tremendous resources in terms of agricultural land and natural beauty,” said High Mowing Organic Seeds owner and founder Tom Stearns.
“The Clarks have been excellent stewards of the property, using only inputs suitable for certified organic production and focusing on farming techniques that maintain soil health. The farm also satisfies the other essential qualification of being near our existing warehouse, facilities and employees, ensuring that a smooth transition can take place over the next few years. We are committed to taking a slow and thoughtful approach to our move and use of this farm,” Stearns said.
Over the past twenty years, High Mowing has relied primarily on leased land and buildings in the towns of Wolcott, Hardwick, Craftsbury and Morrisville, allowing a measure of flexibility as the business has grown. The company will continue to lease its current land and buildings as it transitions to the new property over the next few years.
The new site offers two valuable attributes for the business’ organic seed production – its relative isolation from other farms makes it excellent for preserving genetic integrity of seed varieties, while the steady breeze discourages plant diseases, one of the biggest challenges of growing seed in this climate.
Stearns noted that High Mowing is grateful for the support of their customers, the Clark family and the local community for helping them grow and move forward.
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