Donald and Helen Farrar purchased farmland on Flamstead Road in Chester in the late 1940s. They ran Crow Hill Farm as a dairy with a herd of registered Jerseys and added more land over the years. Later, their sons, Alan and Michael, kept beef cows there. After their parents passed away, Alan, Michael, and their sisters, Linda Keaten and Susan Crocker, decided to sell the farm. The family had long been interested in conservation, so they reached out to VLT.

VLT bought the farm as part of its Farmland Access Program, which helps entrepreneurial farmers find affordable farmland of their own. Tara and Greg Gomo were chosen through a competitive process. Greg had worked for the Farrars years ago. He and Tara had been farming for decades and were established in the area.

“I remember Greg helping hay 20-plus years ago on the farm,” said Alan Farrar. “I know my parents would be very happy that the Gomos were able to purchase the farm. I am pleased that the farm has been conserved and that a farm family now owns it.”

The Gomo family (Tara, daughter Emeillia, and Greg) at Crow Hill Farm in Chester, Vermont

The Gomo family (Tara, daughter Emeillia, and Greg) at Crow Hill Farm in Chester, Vermont

The Gomos leased the 263-acre farm for nearly two years, while VLT held on to it so that money could be raised to support the land’s permanent conservation.

Tara and Greg produce beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and hay at Crow Hill Farm, and now have an opportunity to expand their business further. They live on the farm with their daughter, Emeillia.

In addition to the farmland, the property has woods, wetlands, and streams, including two tributaries that eventually flow into the Connecticut River. Conservation ensures that the land will always be available to future farmers.

Funded by VHCB (with matching funds from USDA NRCS) and contributions from people in Chester and surrounding communities.

Photos courtesy of Abbe Rowlee.