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karen Harris (owner)

Karen was eager to return to her Vermont roots after spreading her wings as a working nurse in New York City once her 4 kids were born and beginning to sprout up. After being in a sea of unknown faces for many years, she longed for the small communities where people know their neighbors. She had vivid memories of the shared camaraderie among customers that frequented her family’s local Vermont bakery. As the youngest of seven children, It was that sense of connectedness and belonging she wanted to recreate on Shangri-La Farm for both her immediate family, as well as her community. Karen still works as a Registered Nurse in the city and now travels between the two places spreading messages of sustainability and farm life to city dwellers. This unconventional arrangement for Karen has allowed the unique experience to act as a human link in the Farm to Table movement.


kit harris (owner)

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and immigrating to Manhattan’s lower East side at age 12—without knowing English—was his first exposure to real life change. His quick adjustment into a new culture and environment had given Kit a skill set that proved invaluable. Now with a wife and 4 kids, he once again took the plunge. Leaving New York City to reside on a farm in Vermont was a graceful transition for Kit—with an insatiable desire to create, and live the American Dream, he has responded to all possibilities Shangri-La calls for with vigor and tenacity. As a previous Personal Trainer by trade he knows how to maximize all potentials of his subjects. Under Kit’s care Shangri-La has thrived and will continue to soar. There is no doubt this land chose him to be its steward.


gary koval

Raised in the Green Mountains—from a big, loving family of 7 kids—for Gary Koval, Vermont has been home for over 45 years. Choosing physical education as a career, fitness and recreation has made up most of his life. Gary is a father of two “adult” kids, and a self-proclaimed “ski bum”—other passions include mountain biking, hiking, music, and dance, while metaphysics is his top reading subject. Today, at the age of 55, Gary is living at the mythical farm of Shangri-La in a beautiful cabin (tiny house). As the resident “phun-guy” or “crazy uncle Gary” Gary Koval feels blessed to be a part of the magic of the Shangri-La family. 

Reed Francis

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The red Merle Aussie—age 2


Photo credit: Reed Francis at age 2


At the top of the Sugar trail

Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
— Hans Christian Andersen

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
— John Lubbock