Our Story

 
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The Farm

Anderson Acres is a 200 acre estate located in Kent, Connecticut. Its land has been in agricultural use since the early 1900s. After being tended to by three generations of the Anderson family, for whom the property is still named, the farm was purchased by the Saltz family in 2011.

Its rolling hills, pastures, and wetlands are being preserved in conjunction with the Weantinoge Land Trust, ensuring that this lovely acreage will remain ecologically sound for generations to come.

Under Kat Taylor's leadership, Anderson Acres has developed a small-scale flower production operation. The farm also includes a private homestead, with its own vegetable gardens, mushroom yard, berry bushes, and fruit trees.

 

Ron & Michelle Saltz | Owners

Ron and Michelle Saltz have always been happiest when interacting with and caring for the natural environment. Adventures in nature, whether rock climbing or concocting a meal with their own garden vegetables, are essential aspects of family time together with their daughters Ally and Hannah. 

Michelle had studied floral design, gardening, and sustainability at the NY Botanical Garden and Stone Barns when the couple encountered Anderson Acres for the first time. They instantly fell in love with the land and its history, and reviving the farm became the next chapter in their family story. 

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Alex & Kat Taylor | Managers

Kat is entering her fourth year with Anderson Acres and her seventh year as a full-time farmer. In her time on various farms she has grown vegetables and flowers, raised chickens, and milked goats and cows. A love of good food got her into farming, but flowers have kept her there.

Alex grew up one town away from the farm in Warren, Connecticut. He is a capable woodworker and avid outdoorsman. Though his studies in outdoor education and his passion for rock climbing led him to travel the globe, he always thought about moving back home to the rolling hills of Northwest Connecticut.

In 2016, that dream became a reality when Kat and Alex happily took on the complementary roles of Farm and Property Manager at Anderson Acres Farm. They had their first child, Augusto, in May 2017.  

 

Betsy Jackson | Assistant Manager

Betsy has been a lifelong lover of nature, but she did not discover her passion for growing plants until she began gardening as an adult. Before turning this passion into her life’s work, Betsy earned a master’s degree in social work and worked in the mental health field.

When she moved to the central coast of California, she began working on an organic farm, at first growing vegetables and fruit and eventually growing cut flowers. The beauty of the flowers, the magic of cultivating life, and the energy of working outside confirmed for Betsy that she had found her true vocation as a farmer.

She went on to earn a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Gardens. She returned to the Northeast to apprentice under another veteran organic vegetable farmer, but, ultimately, she could not escape her love of growing flowers. This is her sixth year of farming, and she is delighted to be the assistant manager at Anderson Acres Farm.

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