Wallace Farm

Waterbury, VT
226 acres
15 milking cows

Forging on

Keith Wallace was the fifth of seven children who lost their father at the start of the historic influenza epidemic in 1917. They were the fourth generation to farm on a beautiful ridge called Blush Hill in central Vermont where the Wallaces had settled in 1866. The family, with kids aged 7 to 17, forged on, the two eldest “broad-shouldered sons” doing the bulk of the work, recount two of Keith’s children, Rosina and Wally. “Grandmother knew how to milk a cow but she never told anybody she did,” Rosina said with a chuckle.

The family has farmed in Waterbury since 1866.
The cows go out on pasture.
"You just grow into it. It's not just a job or a hobby. Farming is a part of who you are."
- Rosina Wallace

Connect and coexist

Rosina, a former teacher, has welcomed many youngsters from local schools and community groups to the farm throughout the years. “This is just a different world,” she said. “Even for kids who grow up right next door, if they don’t come visit the farm, they don’t make the connections.” She believes there are many lessons to be shared through well-managed farmland that supports a variety of ecosystems. “I think it’s important that we all kind of coexist,” Rosina explained. “That was the stuff that was important to my father and the generations that have been on the farm.”

After 152 years as a central part of the Waterbury, VT community, the Wallace Farm was struck by a devastating fire on the evening of April 1, 2018. Thankfully, Rosina, her brother Kay “Wally” Wallace and the family dog, Bodhi, were uninjured. Sadly, the barn, cows, and both homes on the property were lost.  

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