The Land

We graze cattle on Robinson Hill Rd. in Calais, Vermont - in the eastern foothills of the Green Mountains.  The land we graze is part of a larger 500 acre parcel in the Vermont Land Trust and is owned by multiple parties who allow us to keep animals on their land. This is a unique and beautiful area and we are grateful to have the opportunity to contribute towards creating a legacy and lived reality of more resilient and healthy waterways, ecosystems, economies, communities, and diets in central Vermont.  

Robinson Hill Beef recognizes the violent colonial history and active current neocolonial subjugation of this land, Vermont, the greater United States, Canada, and the rest of the Americas and its indigenous peoples.  It is a matter of historical fact that the land currently designated and governed as the "State  of Vermont" and the aforementioned Nation State entities also currently extant are in fact to be "owned" and governed by the indigenous peoples of these places - whether due to agreed upon (under often the most ruthless of circumstances) treaty or acknowledgement of military and political coup and genocide.  It is incumbent upon us to presence this truth, to work towards a just and democratic reparations process with these communities, to understand this history and seek its meaning in and through our lives and relationships, and to challenge and resist the many ongoing attacks on indigenous communities locally and globally.  An excellent source regarding indigenous history in the Northeast is Lisa Brooks', "The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast"

 

 

Our Cattle

Sourced From the
Connecticut River Valley

For the last 2 seasons Robinson Hill Beef has been sourcing cattle from Berway Farm and Creamery, about an hour southeast of Montpelier in the Connecticut River Valley. Shirley and Wayne Tullar raise Certified Organic. Grass-Fed cattle on their family farm for milk and meat. They've historically raised Holsteins and Milking Shorthorns, but have in recent years begun to breed in Angus for beef production. The animals that we have most recently gotten from them are 1/2-3/4 Angus and 1/4 - 1/2 Holstein.  I have been particularly pleased with the friendly and stable temperaments of the animals I've received from Shirley and Wayne, as well as the tender and high quality beef which we have harvested.

 

 

About Us

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Graham Unangst-Rufenacht

Graham grew up in East Montpelier and currently lives in Plainfield, VT. He has grazed and raised grass fed and finished beef cattle in different parts of central Vermont for almost 10 years. This will be the third season that Graham has been operating Robinson Hill Beef in Calais, VT.

Graham works with Aaron Guman providing home-to-farm scale agroecology design / build services as Walking Onion LLC. Graham works as a mentor with youth ages 6-18 at EarthWalk Vermont, the ROOTS School, and by private arrangement.

He is an herbalist and educator of adults in the community as well. Graham has served on the board of Rural Vermont - a small farm and economic justice advocacy organization - since 2014, and since 2015 as its Chair. Graham graduated from UVM with a degree in Religious Studies and Plant and Soil Science; has a Permaculture Design Certificate from Yestermorrow Design / Build School; and attended the 3 year clinical herbal training program at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism.

Aaron Guman

Originally from Pennsylvania, Aaron received his permaculture design certificate at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, and has completed advanced design courses and his Teacher Training with Dave Jacke. Aaron fell in love with regenerative design the first time he saw an edible forest garden, and has been studying and creating them ever since. He lectures and offers educational events in Vermont and around the northeast. Aaron and his partner are based in Central Vermont, where they are searching for a permanent land base on which to grow a food forest and family.