Derek, Megan and Bruce O'Toole
Derek grew up in a small town outside of Worcester, MA. Always hands-on, and never one to be found working behind a desk, Derek decided to give the mariner life-style a try. After 6 years piloting ships on the Great Lakes, he returned to New England with an itch for farming. After apprenticing at Sunrise Farm CSA in White River Junction for 3 seasons, Derek decided to start his own farm with the idea of using horses instead of tractors, and providing fresh, local food for his community. Having grown up around horses, he enjoys the challenge and complexity of using horses for farm work, logging and sap collecting. He and Megan started Anchor Light Farm in 2012.
Megan grew up in southern Vermont, and developed a passion for agriculture while attending The Putney School. After high school, Megan also headed to the coast and met Derek. Megan and Derek moved back to central Vermont while Megan attended school in South Royalton, and they easily developed an appreciation and fondness for the Central Vermont region. While Megan's other full-time job is advocating for good air quality in Vermont, she enjoys being a willing participant in the farming endeavor.
Bruce is the latest and littlest addition to Anchor Light Farm. He loves giving tours of the farm and hiding in the chicken coop with the laying hens.
Bob and Ted are our team of Belgian geldings. They are an integral part of the farm, and provide 100% of the traction (and lots of fertilizer!) we need to make the vegetable gardens productive and healthy. When they're not pulling around various pieces of somewhat ancient farming equipment or grazing in the pasture, you can visit them in the barn.