Emergo Farm sits due west of St. Johnsbury, Vermont – just outside the town of Danville – on 200 fertile acres. The farm has been home to the Webster family for more than 150 years. Today, it is under the care of fifth-generation farmer Bebo Webster, along with his wife Lori and their son Justin.
Emergo Farm is quite old by family farm standards. The property dates back to 1858 when Mark Webster, Bebo’s great-great-great-grandfather, purchased 500 acres for $3,000, a large sum at the time. By 1897, Mark had completed construction on the family home, horse barn, and the massive three-story barn using local timber from the surrounding woods. Over the years, the farm passed from one generation of Webster to the next. In 1946, it was acquired by Bebo’s parents Vernon and Luella, who became members of Agri-Mark. In the 1950s, Vernon decided to replace their Jersey herd with Holsteins, and the farm now boasts 100 milking Holsteins and 50 young stock.
Even after more than 150 years, Emergo Farm is continuing to grow. The Websters are currently enlarging the barn, with the goal of increasing the milking stock to 150 heads. “We want Emergo to continue to grow for when our son Justin takes over,” says Lori.
The Websters are also looking for ways to diversify their farm business. In addition to the successful dairy operation, Lori transformed Emergo into a Bed & Breakfast in 1997. Guests are treated to panoramic views of picturesque green pastures, delicious home-cooked breakfasts, tours of the modern free-stall milking parlor and historic barns, and the chance to relax in the peaceful bucolic atmosphere. “Guests love to feed the calves, watch the milking, and hike to our picnic area,” says Lori. Lori wants Emergo to eventually become a place for destination weddings and planned events.
Most of the farm work is done by Bebo and his son Justin, who see to the 200 acres of corn while Lori oversees the Bed & Breakfast. Justin, now the sixth-generation Webster farmer, plans to take over Emergo one day. Bebo and Lori also have a daughter named Cheryl who lives in Montana and teaches yoga. “We’re extremely proud to carry on the Webster farming tradition,” says Lori. “To us, there’s nothing more satisfying than working the land, being your own boss, and looking forward to the change in seasons.”
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