Here at Kroka we use biodynamic and organic practices with our foremost intention being caring for and healing the land with the result of growing food that is of its highest potential in nourishment and sustenance.
With the farm as an important part of our curriculum, students help with daily chores; mucking stalls, collecting eggs, feeding and watering all of the animals, loading and delivering wood with horse and wagon, and working in the gardens, cultivating and harvesting the food that they eat. Students participate in food processing, often preserving food for their own expeditions and for others in the Kroka community to enjoy. During the growing season Kroka offers an Apprenticeship Program (see below for more information).
Who lives on the Kroka farm?
Currently residing on the farm, we have our milking cows, Tully and Daisy, both jerseys, and their calves Fiddlehead (our first female born here on the farm) and Likke and our old timer, Brita, our Norwegian Fjord, who continues to run the farm. We also have honey bees and one to two flocks of chickens. Violet is our farm dog; a border collie who helps make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be.
We have a varied flock here at Kroka with around 110 laying hens. They live a good life of pasture rotation during the three seasons following the horse and cows and foraging for bugs and worms. They are fed organic grain produced locally in Vermont. In the winter they move to the sunny greenhouse where they have plenty of room to scratch around and stay warm with free access to the outdoors. They are well cared for and loved here at the Kroka farm. Eggs are available for sale.
Each fall our laying hens are processed right here on the farm in a humane way, with much gratitude, by those who have spent a year and a half caring for them. Soup chickens are available for sale starting in November. They sell quickly as they are incredibly nutritious and healing.
Our jersey cows live happily in the fields feeding on grass and legumes growing in the pastures during the spring, summer and fall. Our fields are managed with organic and biodynamic practices. During winter months, the cows have access to the outdoors and are fed hay grown in our own fields or from local farms using similar practices, as well as any leftover produce from the farm (cabbages, apples, and kale). Students participate in milking, and in making cheese and yogurt. Calves are born yearly, and raised with their mothers, living through two growing seasons. Heifers join the milking herd and steers are slaughtered here, on our farm, and processed locally. The meat produced serves and nourishes the Kroka community with burrito nights and jerky for our semester travelers. We are grateful for this gift.
Brita, our Norwegian Fjord, is actually a work pony (smaller in size than the work horse). She has been with us for 14 years. She lives along the cows and participates in the work of the farm, hauling wood, plowing fields, and giving sleigh rides in the winter’s snow.
Honey bees are an integral part of any farm. There main purpose at Kroka is for pollination and education. We do enjoy their honey when they produce enough to share with us.
All of our herbs, vegetables and flowers are grown using organic and biodynamic methods with the help of students and staff. Any surplus, after feeding the campers, is available for sale at our farm store and donated to local families and food pantries. Look for our sign!
Fruits and Berries
Kroka is home to several cultivated and wild apple trees, as well as pear and peach trees too, all of which students spend time harvesting, eating and processing from. We make cider and sauce to have all winter long.
We also have patches of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. There is nothing better than waking up in the morning and going to the berry patch and filling your belly with a handful of berries. One of our morning chores is picking berries for all the groups on campus. We also make jam and fruit leather, or freeze them for the winter!
Farm Products for Sale
At different times of the year, eggs, yogurt, milk, soup chickens, fresh vegetables, preserves, and herbal tinctures are available. We invite you to call or stop in to see what is available.
The Entire Village Helps!
Kroka is a community farm and all who work at Kroka, including our office staff, have their hands in supporting the farm through various tasks. Everyone participates so that we all have a connection to the land and the food we produce.
We have two farmers throughout the year. During the growing season, we have one or two apprentices who come to live, learn and work on the farm.