Sanctuary Steward: Carol Joyce & Marty Vogt
My husband Marty and I have been actively involved in conservation and organic farming all of our lives. I grew up on a 100-acre pony farm in Byfield and Marty spent every summer at his grandparents’ 450-acre dairy farm in Michigan. We both have very strong beliefs in the preservation and conservation of land, living as close to the Earth as we can. We lived the past 12 years on our 12-acre mini-farm in New Salem. Since we moved there in 1988, we have been organically farming that land, quietly raising animals, plants and carefully managing our 7 acre diversified woodlot. We have just purchased 123.9 conservation restricted woodland acres in Warwick, MA. We worked together with the Mt. Grace Conservation Land Trust to craft a perpetual conservation restriction that details the future sanctuary aspects of this land. We live in the Tully River watershed area, have two streams and multiple springs on the property that flow into the Tully River. We belong to the NE Organic Farmers Association, and the NE Herbal Association, teaching others about medicinal, culinary, and endangered herb each year.
We have been actively replanting our old land with endangered and “at- risk” native plants and herbs for many years now, establishing small stands of Panax quinquefolius, Hydrastis canadensis, etc. in our woodland. We plan to include the community (students, scouts, and elders) in ‘plant-ins’ on the new land throughout the next several years. I have run a part-time herbal business for six years from our home, growing, selling and using
mostly native New England herbs to create herbal products which I sell through White Buffalo Herbs. We are devoted to principled farming, using permaculture and sustainable, organic agriculture as the means. We submit that we are now and would be in the future, honorable, scrupulous stewards of the Earth, caretaking and improving this beautiful property. We created a legal document that places a conservation restriction on the land, allowing only our one family farm/herbal retreat center to be built.
Our lifestyle and herbal business promotes meditation, solitude, and appreciation for the quiet, natural woodland beauty. Our ‘green’ enterprise White Buffalo Herbs is growing and we plan to incorporate the lovely gifts that Mother Nature is providing us into future workshops and educational weekends. We plan to promote the replanting of endangered and at-risk plants, teach about the outdoors and the green wealth around us.