Emmett Close

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loretta Gallagher

 





 

 

Gallagher Close Farm

It’s an exciting time to be a farmer. Innovation in farming is expanding at a phenomenal rate. Modern farming technology is changing how food is grown, manufactured, distributed, and sold to the consumer. Engaged patrons of good cuisine are moving away from monoculture food production to specialized craft agriculture producing healthier traditional food.

Gallagher Close Farm is built on strong agrarian traditions. Our roots go back many generations to our ancestors in the British Isles who left their homes for a better life in America.

The Close family arrived in the New World in 1640, eventually building a farming community in Greenwich, Connecticut. Emmett Close was a skillful farming innovator in Newtown, Connecticut until the 1970s. He diversified his dairy operation to meet changing market conditions and the evolving needs of his customers. He was a man ahead of his time.

The Gallagher clan left Ireland in the 1850s during the potato famine. With hopes and dreams, and with empty pockets, they left a world they knew to come to a new world. They were starting from scratch, but the fearless immigrant drive helped them build a successful farming business in New England. Loretta Gallagher knew the stories of her ancestors in Ireland and the problems monoculture farming can create, particularly when one strain of food is relied upon by so many.

For countless Irish and the Gallagher clan one strain, the potato, caused famine and death. She understood that diversification of farming creates a strong foundation for the future.

At Gallagher Close Farm we are building on the knowledge of many generations of farmers to build our farm. This lovely property in Southern Vermont, farmed by the Robinson and Cobb family since 1768. had been inactive for the past thirty years.

We are regenerating the property while at the same time building on the wisdom of past farmers with new and innovative ideas in farming technology, vertical farming, diverse crops, and revival of heritage agronomy, and exploring other exciting agrarian trends. Ultimately, we envision Gallagher Close Farm as a destination for folks interested in exploring cultivation in a more personal atmosphere. Our hope for Gallagher Close Farm is to become a remarkable example of the best of what farming can be.