This website features Laurie Shelton’s work with children, families and teachers. It also provides a profile of the Dodge Farm in Berlin, Vermont, owned and operated by Kristen Gallagher (Laurie’s daughter) and Loren Thompson. Laurie conducts workshops about interest-based early childhood curriculum, creating environments for young children and hand papermaking in the classroom. She teaches hand papermaking to elementary and middle school children in schools and summer camps; she does consulting for pre-school programs and she is a substitute teacher in the South Burlington school district.

August 11th, 2010


a rainbow over the barn .



In April 2010, Governor Douglas presented Dodge Farm owners Loren Thompson and Kristen Gallagher a check for $10,000 toward the restoration of the historic barn.


The barn roof was leaking! The historic post and beam Dodge Farm barn in Berlin would have been destroyed if the roof didn’t get repaired. In April, 2010, Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development awarded the farm a $10,000 matching grant toward barn restoration. Governor Douglas came to the Dodge Farm and personally presented owners Kristen Gallagher and Loren Thompson with the grant check. To see the WCAX TV news story, click on this link:

Concern about saving Vermont’s historical agricultural land and buildings motivated community members and businesses to help in the effort to restore the majestic three story Dodge Farm barn. A fundraising effort raised $10,000 toward the $42,000 roof repair, which took place in May, 2011. “Save the Barn” handmade cards are for sale to raise an additional $5,000 for the cost of the roof repair. Cards can be purchased on this site or at High Country Hair Design in Waitsfield.

The Dodge Farm sells fresh eggs, roasting chickens and vegetables in season. For more information, call Kristen or Loren at (802)224.9039.