About Us

Jim Verrill of Fayrehale FarmJim was born on the Family Farm in Concord, Massachusetts. While life has taken him to many places and in many directions, he has always maintained a connection to the soil/land. He will say it is in his blood! In 2003, (7 years before he could be there full time) Jim and his husband Tom, purchased a home in Vermont. With just .6 (notice the point) of an open acre on the edge of a picturesque Vermont village they began preparing for the time when this would be their full-time home that would be as self sustaining as possible. Jim’s food philosophy is “If we don’t raise it, we know the person who does.

Tom of Fayrehale FarmTom was born in Amsterdam, NY and until he met Jim lived an urban/city life. His parents did garden. His mother worked with flowers and his father did a vegetable garden. He brings computer savvy and brawn to our endeavors. Tom prefers the sunny days and really enjoys consuming the bountiful results of our endeavors.


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We would be remiss if we did not include Abigail!  She rules Fayrehale 🙂

August 22, 2010 – October 9, 2017
Abigail passed over the Rainbow Bridge this morning – at home with us.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
(mary elizabeth frye – 1932)


12 Responses to About Us

  1. Bob Grossman February 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Jim I’m looking forward to reading your blog on a regular basis. So far so good! One of these days, Kaaren and I will pay a visit. It has been long over do.

  2. Susan Lightfoot February 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Jim and Tom,
    This is a great site and I’m looking forward to keeping up with your progress. Congratulations for finally realizing your dream!

  3. Síle Post February 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Hello fellow Vermonters!

    I have successfully grown melons in my greenhouse here in
    northern Vermont. Using High Mowing seeds, I have found their
    heirloom cantaloupes and suns & stars watermelons excellent choices for
    a summer/fall greenhouse—otherwise brimming with heirloom tomatoes.

    With a little creativity—and plastic hoops covers—melons will grow from April into December! Imagine enjoying some watermelon with your Thanksgiving dinner. . .

    Good luck!
    Síle Post
    Walden North Farm
    I also blog at http://www.digintvt.com

  4. Eli silverman July 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    We am also raising White Chantecler chickens. We bought 10 pullets and 36 fertilized eggs. We only hatched about 26 or so, and we lost one pullet. We are hoping to start a breeding program here. We’re trying to bring them back, like you are. They are an awesome breed to work with. Congrats on all of your endeavors!

  5. David Capocci February 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Hello fellow homesteaders!

    My husband and I, along with our business partner own 17 acres and have set up a permaculture homestead campground. I found your blog based on our current research regarding converting our garden grow beds into hoop houses. Looks like we’ve got a lot of common threads!

    Our blog is at http://www.pacapride.wordpress.com and we’re really popular on the topic of fodder micro-greens for our herd.

    I’ll have to peruse your blog some more, but good stuff so far! 🙂

    • James Trundy Verrill February 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

      Hello and thank you:) and I will have to do the same with yours! Right now I am still shoveling out!!!!!

  6. Alison Dixon June 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Hello! I came across your site today, and I like your attitude about the Chanticlers! I have been doing research on them for nearly a year now, and I am almost ready to start my own flock. Do you ship as far away as Vancuver Island? I only want stock that is raised with the right attitude and attention to detyil that you seem to carry. And I am ONLY interested in the TRUE, WHITE Chanticler chickens. Wiil you have some chicks avalaible for Winter/ Spring 2015?

    Thanks for your time! 🙂

    Alison Dixon

    • James Trundy Verrill June 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

      Thank you, Alison, for your kind words regarding my strong beliefs about this GREAT Canadian heritage breed. I have angered many people in this country with my adamant stand!

      I have emailed you with Canadian contact information as we do not ship to Canada. It is complicated and expensive.

  7. tim curts October 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    We have been active in trying to preserve heritage species on our farm in Indiana. I notice that you are going to stop sending out chanteclers. Is the list for chicks longer than you anticipate production of chicks? If not we need to get added. Also, do you fall hatch? Thank you for your time and your hard work on this spectacular bird.

  8. Gary Bucher January 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Do you ever show at APA events ? If so where.

    • James Trundy Verrill January 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

      No we are serious breeders of Heritage birds and leave any showing to others.

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