Adam and Laura started Quill Hill Farm in 2014 when they realized that the midwest was just too flat and moved to Poultney, Vermont. They happily farm and co-exist with 24 chickens and 2 crazy cats. When not farming, they are usually cooking, canning, making music, and learning from other farmers. You can check out our first foray into farming at Golden Rod Farm in Milan, Michigan at: http://thefarmatgoldenrod.blogspot.com/
Adam Fronhofer hails from just over the border in the small town of Greenwich, New York. He studied Philosophy at SUNY Binghamton which informed a great deal of his ethical and moral perspectives on farming. In 2010, he moved to Michigan and began revitalizing a 40 year old organic farm called Goldenrod. Together with Laura, they lived in the barn, began homesteading and the excess food sold at local Farmers' Markets. In 2012, Adam was the #1 vegetable vendor at the Ypsilanti Farmers' Market, growing on just over 1/4 of an acre. At the end of 2012, Adam and Laura realized that if they wanted to expand, they would need to find their own land. In 2013, they decided to move closer to Adam's hometown and settled in Poultney, Vermont. They started Quill Hill Farm in 2014. When not farming, Adam spends time working with his father doing electrical work for BDP industries, making chocolate at Middlebury Chocolates, and making music.
Laura Ramos is from Carlsbad, California and comes from a long line of farmers. Her grandfather, cultivated papaya and maize in San Roque, Mexico and her father, Eugenio II, was once the largest tomato grower in California. Her family started Rancho Chico Inc and began selling at Farmers' Markets in the early 1980's transitioning into a flower farm by the 1990's. At the age of 12, she was managing her family's stand at various farmers' markets and spent many summers in the sunshine selling tomatoes and flowers throughout southern California. She studied anthropology, archaeology, and bioarchaeology and holds multiple degrees from Occidental College, the University of Sheffield, and SUNY Binghamton. Over the years she has lived in Nepal, donned the cover of biblical archaeology magazine, worked at ancient Urkesh in Syria, given tours on steamboat history at the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, conducted archaeological surveys across Arizona, and most recently, worked at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology assisting in repatriating Native American remains and sacred items. She counts identifying ancient human remains, excavating 3,000 year old settlements, preserving food, cooking, and flower arranging in her skills repertoire. In 2013, she moved to Poultney, Vermont to return to her farming roots and start a new adventure with Adam.