Our initial vision when we purchased Millstone Farm had three levels: family, local community, and broader issues. At the family level, we wanted our kids to work on the farm, for all of us to learn how to grow food and work together. Our daughter rode horses at Millstone and we wanted her and others to continue riding on the property. Additionally, our son was interested in the environment and was able to build some of the farm infrastructure, such as gardens and walls. For the local community, we aimed to provide wholesome food and envisioned a space for community members to connect with the land. Further, we hoped to engage with the larger agricultural community on issues around policy, investing and philanthropy.
In carrying out this vision, we have found that the “Millstone Experience” has affected many people, from local high school students to third-graders from Harlem; from Yale students to Norwalk teachers; and farm apprentices to nationally renowned chefs. As the farm evolved, we created new programs, including growing heirloom tomatoes for local chefs, creating value-added products like honey and salsa, and bringing food systems workshops to the community, like Backyards Chickens, Seed Saving, and Jamming. Millstone has also facilitated community gatherings by hosting NGO fundraisers, chef events, and a PBS special. In addition, we focused on inspiring issue-based action around issues like food waste by launching ReFED, humane raising of animals by becoming the first farm in CT to be Animal Welfare Certified (AWA), and allowing entrepreneurs and educators to use the property as a learning laboratory.
We have owned Millstone for 10 years and have exceeded our dreams and goals. The Farm is ready for the next owner to steward the property and make it their dream. We have a great staff and clients and community that would like to see it continue. The Millstone platform has taught us a lot and we want to share our learnings on a national and international level. Our family is moving out of the area and wants to learn more through travel and exploration. The love and care we have for Millstone Farm will be with us forever. It is a special, sacred property and will provide joy and fulfillment to the next owner as it has for us and the previous owners.