This project was successfully funded by a loan from Steward Regenerative Capital.
Studio Hill is expanding their farm to increase grazing capacity and on-farm accommodations to grow their agritourism business.
Caroline and Jesse McDougall work everyday to build abundance, diversity, and resilience on their 4th-generation family farm in rural southern Vermont. Studio Hill transitioned from conventional chemical management to organic holistic management in 2012. Working to restore 200+ acres of degraded land, they raise sheep and poultry on pasture and are a Savory Institute Influencer Hub. In addition to rebuilding their land's soil ecosystem, they also run a thriving farm-stay program with bookings out to 2023!
Studio Hill plans to eventually acquire two neighboring properties. This initial bridge loan from Steward enables the purchase of the first site; a 50-acre hilltop property with a 5 bedroom / 4 bathroom house and incredible views. This expansion will allow Studio Hill to immediately:
Studio Hill rebuilds their land's soil ecosystem by managing livestock holistically in their permanent perennial polyculture pastures and employing a number of other techniques:
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