Agricultural Loan Program
Jericho Settlers Farm was founded in 2002 by Christa Alexander and Mark Fasching as a diversified farm with beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs and vegetables. In recent years they have phased out livestock to focus on certified organic vegetables and herbs for their year-round CSA programs, farmstand and wholesale customers – including many restaurants, institutions and grocery stores in Chittenden and Washington counties. Customers include Healthy Living, City Market, Vermont Medical Center, The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Hen of the Wood, Juniper and several village markets.
VEDA provided financing to help Christa and Mark expand by purchasing land they have been leasing for many years at the former Peet farm in Richmond. They also purchased the original farmstead property from Christa’s parents.
The total acreage of Jericho Settlers Farm is now approximately 200 acres, comprised of some of the most advanced farming infrastructure in the state. They operate two acres of covered crops across 19 hoop houses, cold storage, wash and pack buildings, and manage their own farm stand on Barber Farm Road which sells fruits and vegetables year-round.