The Smokey House Center stewards over 5,000 acres of working land in Danby, Vermont. Since 1974, we have steadily increased the number of permanently conserved acres through conservation easements, with a goal of conserving the entire property. Our foresters and farmers keep the land productive, enabling us to provide jobs, local food, and an educational center serving students from Rutland and Bennington Counties.
Our conservation vision is for a productive landscape contributing to the economic vitality of the region, not simply a preserve of how Vermont used to be. Our foresters work year round to selectively harvest trees and promote the growth of native, high value species, ensuring that the forest will remain healthy while contributing to our budget. Gravel pits on our property have been dormant and neglected for decades and we are working to develop an environmentally responsible plan to supply a local source of gravel.
Vermont depends on farms for food and jobs. At the Smokey House Center, hundreds of acres of productive farmland, our buildings, and our farm stand support independent, family farm businesses. As an incubator for local agriculture, we help new farmers to establish their businesses and sustain their families while providing local jobs and produce. These farms also provide an invaluable learning opportunity for our educational programs.
Over the past four decades, our educational programs have immersed students in technical skills and outdoor education, providing valuable training and a connection with the land. Continuing our commitment to serve Vermont's youth, we are partnering with The Tutorial Center and local schools. The Tutorial Center runs both part time and full time work-based educational program for local youth that take advantage of the many facilities and training opportunities that Smokey House Center offers.
Each of these efforts contributes toward our long-term stability and ability to continue serving our community. Our current focus on partnerships helps us fulfill our mission of maintaining a working landscape that promotes sustainable agricultural and forestry practices while engaging people in meaningful educational programming that enables them to develop the skills needed to be self-sufficient and productive members of their communities.
If you would like to discuss potential partnership, please contact us.
426 Danby Mountain Road
From Rte 7: At Danby, turn west on Mt. Tabor Ave (20 mi south of Rutland, 12 mi north of Manchester) go to T, right on Main Street, first left onto Brook Road. Follow Brook Road for about 3 miles to Smokey House Road, left on Smokey House Road. At the T, the driveway is in front of you to the left.
From Rte 30: Take Danby Mountain Road just north of Dorset. Follow for about 6.5 miles to fork, stay left at fork. First driveway on left. *Note: Danby Mountain Road can be bad in muddy or snowy conditions.