Miskell's Premium Organics began in 1982 at Shelburne Farms and focused on and continues to be noted for out of season high quality vegetable and herbs sold direct wholesale to stores and restaurants in the greater Burlington area.
In 1984 David began growing in ground organic greenhouse tomatoes and bought 12.7 acres (present farm) from the VT Land Trust and planted willow hedgerows.
1986 Harnois 30 X 150 foot Ovaltech Greenhouse constructed for tomatoes on present farm. After a trip to Holland greenhouses in 1988 a pipe rail hot water heating and transport system was installed. Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes became the only crop. Together with Long Wind Farm a Dutch greenhouse vegetable consultant was hired in 1990 which improved tomato production, quality and greenhouse environment practices. Miskell's Premium Organic Tomatoes were sold to regional supermarkets, several Vt. coops as well as long time Burlington area customers. Farm is 15 minutes from central Burlington.
1994 a state of the art Van der Hoeven Dutch Venlo Glass Greenhouse was constructed costing $ 750,000. Growing area is 84 X 160 feet and a connected 30 X 100 foot glassed in area now has vegetable prep area, office, hot water boilers, water storage tank, 2 small propagation heated greenhouses and storage. Roof vents, heating and irrigation controlled by Priva Maximizer Environmental Computer. Higher production and better quality of tomatoes was the result.
August through October 2015 a Vermont medical marijauna dispensary leased 1/4 of the glasshouse to grow medical marijauna. We were the first Vermont greenhouse to meet the medical marijauna security rules of the State of Vermont. I expect that the security plan would allow the entire 13,000 square foot glasshouse to grow medical marijauna, CBD cannabis or recreational cannabis when legalized.
2011 we switched to early and late season greens. Spinach, Lettuce, Arugula, Chard, Kale, Cucumbers and others. At the same time we experimented with greenhouse peaches for 3 years; still have one row in the Harnois greenhouse. Since 2015 the main crops have been green swiss chard (13,000 lbs in 2016 and 2017) almost all going to the City Market delis in Burlington. Basil all going to the Skinny Pancake restaurant crop for processing into their pesto (4,500 to 5,000 lbs each year). Baby bok choi going to the City Market delis, the Intervale Food Hub and Farmers To You. Also grow collards and kale early and late season. Like many other small farmers we follow Eliot Coleman's four season innovations. (David apprenticed with him in 1973). All greenhouses are fully planted each winter.
The farm was approved by NRCS for funding in 2017 for 2 - 30 X 150 foot Harnois Ovaltech High Tunnels. Site work prep was done December 2017. In 2018 David decided to sell the farm and canceled the NRCS contract, but such funding is still available especially for a beginning farmer.
Serious, approvable buyers can Contact : David Miskell at [email protected]
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