Alchemy Gardens is run by Scott Courcelle. Scott and his wife Lindsay started the farm together in 2010.
Scott grew up in Rutland and his family has agricultural roots in the area, with ancestors owning a greenhouse business in Rutland, a dairy in Shrewsbury, and a Christmas tree farm in Belmont. Scott’s love of music led him to attend Stafford Technical Center in Rutland as a high school student in the music program. From there, he started at Johnson State College studying music as well, but his love of all things nature related caused him to shift to a major in environmental science, a perfect background for his current work in the field.
Lindsay was born and raised in the wheat fields of Kansas, and eventually moved to Seattle where she attended high school and college. She was studying political science at the University of Washington when she signed up for an environmental politics class on a whim. The class opened her eyes to global environmental issues and quickly led her to a fellowship at Lettuce Link, an organization linking community gardens with food banks around Seattle.
It was love at first sight when they met in September 2006 as environmental educators at Ferry Beach Ecology School (now The Ecology School) in Saco, Maine. Several months after Scott and Lindsay met, they embarked on a cross-country trip visiting organic farms through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). These experiences allowed them to see how great life can be when you’re growing your own food and spending your days outdoors, rain or shine.
Now, Scott and Lindsay are farmers themselves. In 2014, Lindsay launched her bodywork business, Alchemy MFR, specializing in Myofascial Release and has transitioned to a very minor role on the farm in order to follow her dream of helping people heal themselves through hands-on therapy.
In October 2015, Scott and Lindsay welcomed their daughter Ella into the world and she is hands down the greatest gift they've ever been given. In their down time, the couple love to play music together, travel, cook, spend time in the woods, go swimming, and be with friends, family, and their faithful farm dog, Murphy.
*Header photo by Macaulay Lerman