The Studio Hill Story


Studio Hill is a regenerative farm in southern Vermont. Our primary goal is to strengthen the land's natural water, carbon, and nutrient cycles so that we may restore the abundant ecosystem of our 5th-generation family farm.

To achieve this goal, we: raise livestock on pasture using holistic land management practices; we use no-till gardens for our annual vegetable and flower production; we are building a 4-acre perennial food forest; and we keep bees.

The sheep at Studio Hill

Our Farm's Missions

  1. To demonstrate the positive impacts of ecosystem restoration through agriculture, and educate others on its potential to improve climate, health, and economic challenges worldwide.

  2. To raise nutrient-dense food, with practices that allow animals to live in a natural environment, express their natural behaviors, and feed on their natural diet.

  3. To leave our kids a wildly fertile farm, home to an abundant ecosystem, resilient enough to weather a changing climate. 

 

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

Regeneration at Studio Hill

 

Sometimes referred to as “carbon farming” or "restorative agriculture,"  regenerative agriculture systems pull more carbon into the soil or above-ground biomass than they release into the atmosphere. By focusing on pulling atmospheric carbon down into the earth, practitioners of regenerative agriculture all over the world are able to restore the land’s natural cycles, improve the fertility of their land, produce more nutrient-dense forage and food, improve water retention and filtration, improve profits, and free their lands from the dependence on chemicals.

Why We Farm

Five generations of our family have called this farm home. The kids in the youngest generation are learned to walk in the fields that their great-great-grandparents tended. It is this long and loving history with the land that guides our farming practices today. We take the lessons given to us by our predecessors while always considering the well-being of future generations.

The Studio Hill Team

  • Caroline McDougall is the 4th-generation of her family to farm on Studio Hill. She is a regenerative farmer, photographer, artist, Airbnb wizard, mother—and, when she has time, a wood-whittler.
  • Jesse McDougall is a regenerative farmer at Studio Hill. He serves on the advisory board for Soil4Climate and was the author of the first regenerative agriculture legislation. He is also a father, dial-twister, public speaker, and author.
  • Miranda Richardson is Head Shepherdess and Able-Helper-with-Everything-Else at Studio Hill. She is a University of Rhode Island graduate with a degree in animal science. She is also an equestrian, avid reader, and amateur printmaker in her free time.