Viability Program Supports Sandiwood Farm's Success
Sara and Bob Schlosser bought their land in Wolcott over 30 years ago, where they quickly got to work building their farm. After transforming unproductive hayfield into a vegetable operation, they added maple syrup and flowers to their repertoire. They sold their produce primarily at the Stowe Farmer’s Market for 30 years.
Along the way, they added a number of agri-tourism elements to their business, including a greenhouse used for events, farm stay cabins, and educational tours of their sugarbush. Their maple business grew as well; Sara and Bob now ship maple syrup direct to consumers across the country.
When the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, the Schlossers realized they needed to pivot, so they transitioned to a CSA model for their vegetables and looked to expand their sugarbush. They came to the Viability Program for support in this transition and were paired with Jen Miller and Bill Cavanaugh of NOFA-VT. Through their work with Jen and Bill, they have begun to update their business plan to include their sugarbush, identify needs for expansion of the maple enterprise, and begin planning for the future transfer of the farm and land to their children. Sara shared “Bill and Jen have been amazing. They’ve provided so much reassurance during a tumultuous time.”