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Sara Schlosser

b. 1964

Sara Schlosser's parents grew up in the Bronx, New York. After they were married and started a family, they moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey, where Sara was born in 1964. As a teenager, Sarah decided to become a vegetarian in order to eat healthier. Sara's interest in growing her own food developed from her days as a boarding student at Stowe Prep School in Vermont until she returned here after college. She met Robert Schlosser, also a farmer growing meat and vegetables nearby. The two worked together, joined their gardens, and eventually married. In the mid-'90s, they learned about CSA (a community-supported agricultural movement based on subscription farming), founded Sandiwood Farm, and raised two children, Sandi and Kyle. They celebrated their bat and bar mitzvahs on the family farm. During the winter, Sara works for High Mowing in Wolcott, one of two 100% organic seed companies in the United States.

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Sara talks about her family history, childhood, and motivation to become a vegetarian. She describes growing up in New Jersey, where her family belonged to the Glen Rock Jewish Community Center and where she attended Hebrew school and her sister was bat mitzvahed. After watching a PBS special about Jewish immigration from eastern European communities at the turn of the century, Sarah was excited to learn about her own heritage. Her mother's family came from Hungary, and her father's from Poland. Attending Stowe Prep School in Vermont was Sara's introduction to life in Vermont and sustainable farming. After high school, Sara attended Antioch College in Ohio, where she had many internships and opportunities to work on many farms and grow various crops. She talks about coming back to Vermont, meeting her husband, and starting their family farm. Sara said, "Until then, we had been growing food for family and friends and flowers for market. We started growing fewer flowers and increased our produce production. It was great to know that for twenty weeks a year, there was someone who would buy our products." Today Sandiwood Farm encompasses seventy-five acres of land and has had many reincarnations. Initially a dairy, hay, and potato farm, it now produces flowers, vegetables, farm animals, and maple syrup. Their two children, Sandi and Kyle, both celebrated their bat and bar mitzvah at Sandiwood Farm. At first, there was no organized Jewish community when Sandi was studying for her bat mitzvah. Soon after, the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe was established. For over twenty years, Sara and her family have been part of a group of people who have had Passover Seders together since their oldest children were babies. They gather at a barn in Greensboro and have plenty of room for the "regulars" and the new people who want to attend. Sara works with High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott, Vermont, during the winters. "I am lucky that six months of the year I work with High Mowing and the rest of the year I have time to do my own farming," Sara said. Finally, Sarah reflects on her life outside of farming and what she does for fun. After spending years as a hockey mom, Sara decided to join a woman's ice hockey team. Currently, she is part of a co-ed ice hockey team and can be found three times a week facing off her opponents and defending the goal.

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Oral History of Sara Schlosser. Interviewed by Ann Buffum. 19 January 2008. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on March 1, 2024) <http://jwa.org/oralhistories/schlosser-sara>.

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