Hartland 4H at Tunbridge Fair

The 4H kids had a great time.

 It was a long fair 5 days and they worked hard and had many wonderful moments. We had many first place winners including fall calf, spring calf, 2 year old cow, fall yearling, spring yearling, best 2 sisters, best 3 sisters, vegetables and jam. in 2nd place we had dam daughter, spring yearling Holstein, summer yearling, fall.yearling and 2yr old cow. Maeve got first place in showmanship in her age group and 3rd out of 91 kids.overall. Kate had best in show for her blueberry jam. In a few cow classes the cows took all the 5 top spots. Valerie, our stylish fall calf was reserve jr. Champion. 

2017 Cobb Hill Open House A Big Success!

We held our third Cobb Hill Open House on Sunday, June 25th from 1-4 PM

There were tours, yummy tastings of farm-made cheese and conversation.  We had a great turn-out of visitors from all over the east coast.  The 4-H club had presentations and an information table, there were farm tours, a house tour, and general site tours including the wood-fired oven and the shiitake mushroom area.  We even had a lemonade stand.  Thank you to all who visited.  If you missed it, we will have another next year, or contact us to set up a visit.

After the event, Cobb Hill members enjoyed yummy pizza from the brick pizza oven.  

On-Going Activities included:

  • Light refreshments and chatting on the Common House porch
  • Horse-powered farming demonstration
  • Farm tours
  • Self-guided hike and tours
  • Tours of the shiitake mushroom growing yard, see our new bread oven, central wood-burning heating system, and Cobb Hill Cheese operation.

Cobb Hill Cheese Wins Another Award!

Cheese lovers rejoice! Cheese Madness is coming to Wild Oats February 24-April 8. This exciting culinary event will pit eight local cheeses against each other to see who will win over customers’ palates to become the 2017 champion!

On Fridays and Saturdays during the competition, customers can sample two cheeses and vote for their favorite. The winning cheese will be announced the following Monday, will be on sale that week and will go on to compete in the semi-finals.

In addition, each week you vote, you’ll be eligible for the weekly giveaway of a fruit and cheese basket that will include the winning cheese.

Week 1: Ascutney Mountain (Cobb Hill Cheese, Hartland, Vt.) vs. Alpha Tolman (Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro Bend, Vt.)

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The Hartland Cattle Club wins the 4-H Dairy Herdsmanship Award!

From the Vermont Standard: Ten 4-Hers, accompanied by Kerry Gawalt, their leader, as well as their parents took 16 cows to show in the Cornish Fair. The Hartland Cattle Club won the 4-H Dairy Herdsmanship Award!!! This is given to a group for working well together, being good ambassadors to the public by teaching them about cows and farming, and for keeping their barn and animals clean and presentable. Back row, from left, Alex Gray, Gawalt, Emily Surrell, Mary Scherer and Stephen Scherer. Front row, Maeve Leslie-Gawalt, Delia Morgan, Silvia Hale, John Scherer and Kate Wehmeyer. Not pictured, Cody Comstock.

Summer Abundance

It's been a full and busy summer at Cobb Hill. All the things that signify summer on a Vermont Farm have happened in due course: swimming in the pond, making hay, watching the wildflowers progress from bloodroot all the way through to goldenrod. There have been pot-lucks and community meals, birthday parties (including an elegant mermaid cake), 4th of July fireworks, blueberries, raspberries, and corn on the cob.

There have been some farewell parties and U-haul loadings as several families have left Cobb Hill. Some after 15 years - imagine all the memories and gratitudes and intertwined relationships! And two young women who have grown up at Cobb Hill have just headed off to start their first years of college - more celebration, and more bittersweet feeling,  for sure. 

And, best of all for me, has been the welcoming of new families into the pattern of life here and the fun of watching parents and kids discover some of the richness of this place - whether it's rip-sticking in the basement of the Common House or having the whole community march up the hill to share your birthday cake on your fifth birthday!

Posts on this blog have been a little sparse of late - attributable to summer abundance of course! But school starts next week, and with the wind down of summer you can expect more frequent updates.