We purchased the first portion of our farm in 1958 and the second portion in 1961 for a total of 228 acres. My father, Lewis H. "Jack" Stowell Sr., had cut wild Christmas trees all over Vermont and parts of Canada (including Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) since 1925. He had always wanted to have his own Christmas tree farm. He had cut wild trees on this property and knew that they would grow well here.

The farm is located in the central part of Vermont where the majority of the farms were on hills and hence called hill farms to differentiate them from farms in the river valleys. The farm was operated as a dairy farm before my family bought it and we rented out the fields and pastures to farmers with young dairy or beef cattle in those fields or pastures with Scotch Pine or Spruce Christmas trees growing in them. As we shifted over to more fir trees, we discontinued pasturing. Cows love to rub on the soft fir trees and damage them.

Our farm is located on the top of one of a series of ridges that run from North to South. The top of the ridge above our house is approximately 1350 feet above sea level. In the Summer this usually gives us a pleasant breeze even in hot weather. In the Winter this elevation not only can give us a cold wind but provides significantly more snow than there is in the valley. Although Twin Ponds Road connects East Street with Route 14, it is only open from East Street to our farm in the Winter. The town only plows up to our driveway. In a typical Winter the snow is too deep to drive any further. Even if the snow does not seem too deep, the unplowed portion of the road is steep and can be icy. Beware of GPS software and travel mapping program instructions to the contrary.