Scott Farm Orchard

Scott Farm Orchard

Local Heirloom Apple Orchard in Vermont

The Story of Scott Farm Orchard

Cultivated since 1791 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Scott Farm Orchard was long cared for by three generations of the Holbrook family, who planted the original apple orchard in Vermont in 1911. In 1995, the farm was given to the Landmark Trust USA, which also owns the adjacent Naulakha, Rudyard Kipling’s National Historic Landmark home.

Scott Farm Orchard is managed by Simon Renault and orchardist Erin Robinson. Simon grew up in Brittany, France, in a family of cidermakers and came to the U.S. to study permaculture. Simon joined the Scott Farm Orchard team as General Manager in the Spring of 2020. There, he shares his passion for building a thriving ecosystem of people, plants and business. Erin grew up right up the road from Scott Farm Orchard and has worked at Scott Farm Orchard in different capacities for over a decade. Over time, she has come to learn and appreciate the challenges and beauty of growing dozens of heirloom apple varieties on a commercial scale.

There are now more than 70 varieties of heirloom apple varieties, including some rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic. Each tree has its own personality, and the farmers at Scott Farm Orchard know the look, taste and character of each type of apple. Scott Farm Orchard sells heirloom apples and a variety of other fruit, and the orchard offers educational programs and events. 

Local and EcoCertified Fruit

Scott Farm Orchard is part of Red Tomato’s pioneering EcoCertified program, developed in collaboration with a network of orchards, scientists, and other advisers. EcoCertified verification represents one of the highest standards of ecological orchard management, using advanced Integrated Pest Management practices that rely on careful monitoring and minimal risk.

Red Tomato is a food hub and nonprofit rooted in the principles of fair trade, sustainability and equity. One of its central tenets is to elevate the way in which we think about sustainable food growing practices, thus embracing a whole-systems approach that works for the benefit of all parts and people in the food system. Learn more about Red Tomato and its dedication to eco-friendly farming.