Keith started Flatlander Farm in the spring of 2013, when he ran 100 broilers through an apple orchard while living at Up Tunket Farm in Pawlet, Vermont. That following winter, barn and pasture space was offered at Quill Hill Farm in East Poultney, Vermont. The animals lived out their sweet lives on the sustainable vegetable micro-farm. The farm relocated again for the 2015 season to Monkton, Vermont. The animals grazed the land that Lisa grew up on. Finally, in late Fall 2015 Keith and Lisa purchased a home and some land in Starksboro, Vermont. Now able to dig their heels in for good this small farm will continue to grow each season.
Tracing back five generations, Keith's family has been farming on both sides of Lake Champlain. His father, Gary, grew up on a small dairy farm in Washington County, New York; milking cows and throwing hay for Keith's Great Grandparents, until the herd was sold off around 1970. Gary, a reluctant farmer, moved to the suburbs of Albany, New York and got a city job. When Keith and his brother, Kevin got older, Gary would make weekend trips up to Ticonderoga, New York to help his brother on his 20 acre vegetable operation. Often with Keith and Kevin in tow.
After graduating from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies, Keith found full time employment on a local year round vegetable farm. Almost immediately he fell in love with the work, the early mornings, and the food. It became evident that farming was more than just a job for him, but his true passion.
When not on the farm Keith works as a freelance farmer for numerous operations in Rutland County, Vermont working with livestock, diverse vegetable operations, and with specialized nursery, fruit and vegetable growers.
Lisa has traveled to all ends of the globe, but has always called Vermont her home. She grew up on a lake in a small Vermont town surrounded by nature and animals. Lisa holds degrees in Radiography and Health Science and worked for many years in healthcare and medicine. In 2011, Lisa decided to follow her passion for Women's Health and Advocacy, and trained to become a birth doula. She continues to support families and welcome babies into this world through her business It's Thyme Doula Care.
When Lisa is not working at the hospital as a mammographer, or welcoming babies as a doula, she enjoys spending time with her side kicks Olive Jane and Digbert Allan (kid pups), gardening, live music, and when time allows, traveling.
While Keith manages the farm planning, pasture rotations, and soil fertility, Lisa manages the marketing and social media accounts, and has taken on a large portion of the animal husbandry. I'm not sure if she ever thought that she would become a goat doula, too! She has always been a nurturer.