The Town of Starks passed a resolution at the 2017 March Town Meeting to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in place of Columbus Day. The vote was almost unanimous!  In recognition of that action, we at Hyltun Farm have begun growing a flint corn variety that descends from the corn that was planted by the Abenaki peoples who inhabited our area. The seeds from the corn we grow will be used to plant more of this type of corn to make it a viable supply for food. Flint corn is amazingly – the cornbread, polenta and other corn products are far better than what you might purchase at the local supermarkets. It also mature in 55 days, and grows very well in our climate.

The corn we planted was done in combination with climbing beans and squash and pumpkins, which makes it a “Three Sisters Garden”, of sorts. Some native folks have planted a more authentic “Three Sisters Garden” on another farm in Starks, in a location along the Sandy River where these crops were planted for hundreds of years (if not longer) before the settlers arrived.

We’re looking forward to learning more about the Abenakis and others who inhabited this area long before the white colonist arrived.

Bees and Wildlife

Bees – lots of bees! Runamuk Farm Apiaries have placed  a number of hives along the edge of one of our hayfields. The hayfields, fence rows, and unmowed areas are providing lots of forage for honey production. Honey, Queens in nukes ready to be purchased, and soaps are available through Runamuk –  check out their website at Runamukacres.com  You can also find information on how to manage your property to provide habitat for pollinators!

Bobolinks – turns out major portions of our fields are high quality habitat for bobolinks (bobos, for short)! With help from a representative of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, we have identified the most important nesting areas and have agreed not to cut the hay until after July 15th when hopefully the babies will have fledged. We now have a haying plan that allows us to hay significant portions of our fields while still preserving the most important habitat areas. Other grassland species, such as harriers (hawks) and meadowlarks may also benefit, and we are hoping to see more of these bird species whose number are diminishing.

The bees like the the idea that we’re not haying these areas, as well!

Equestrian Jump Course and Trails are Open!

Fall is a great time to ride your horse on Hyltun Farm’s cross-country jump course and trails. Cooler weather, fewer bugs and great footing make for fun riding! The stadium jumps are incorporated into the cross-country course which makes for great schooling opportunities.

Don’t forget to provide a Hyltun Farm release when you come.

Contact Gwen to arrange a time to ride!


Good quality first crop hay available. Square bales – about 50 pounds. No large round bales. Pre-paid hay storage available. No deliveries. The current price is $4 per bale for amounts over 10 bales. $5 per bale for less than 10 bales.

Contact Gwen to arrange for pick-up and/or to prepay for storage.