Scott Farm Orchard
City: Dummerston, VT,
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About Us
“The Scott Farm continues its history of rural beauty and pleasure in farm production.” — Fred Holbrook, longtime Scott Farm orchardist

The Scott Farm, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been in active cultivation since 1791. This 571 acre farm has been owned since 1995 by The Landmark Trust USA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue important but neglected historic properties and bring them back to life. At Scott Farm this has meant revitalizing the entire farm operation from orchard to farmhouses to barns.

For much of the 19th century Scott Farm was an all-purpose farm with a variety of animals and crops. The earliest remaining buildings on the farm were built by Rufus Scott who purchased the farm in 1845. The original orchard was planted in 1911 by the Holbrook family who purchased the Scott Farm shortly after their purchase in 1903 of Rudyard Kipling’s home, Naulakha, which adjoins the farm to the south. (This National Historic Landmark property is now also owned by The Landmark Trust USA.)

The Holbrooks were innovative orchardists and Scott Farm was one of the first to use refrigeration and mail order sales. Scott Farm apples were shipped to most states and several countries. The farm even received a US patent for the design of a special shipping crate. When the Academy-award winning movie, The Cider House Rules, was filmed at Scott Farm in 1998, some sets were built according to photographs of the farm and barns found in the farm’s mail order brochure in the 1930s.

Ezekiel Goodband worked as the farm’s orchardist for 19 years. He had a lifelong passion for apples and his search for old varieties took him to abandoned orchards throughout New England and as far as Kazakhstan, the birthplace of apples. The orchard now grows over 130 heirloom and unusual apple varieties. The range of color, flavor, and texture is wide indeed with something to appeal to all tastes. In addition we grow several varieties of hard cider apples.

Scott Farm also grows gooseberries, medlars, quince, blueberries, grapes, pears, plums, peaches, cherries, apricots, currants, ginger, hops and paw paws.

Our orchard products are certified ‘ecologically grown’. We have worked with both the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts to develop pest controls such as pheromone traps and visual lures.

Using the Power of Business to Solve Social & Environmental Problems
B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp™ certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

The Scott Farm was certified by the non-profit B Lab® to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers.