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  • Things to Do in Vermont This Summer: Soak Up the Outdoors, Arts and Culture
    Things to Do in Vermont This Summer: Soak Up the Outdoors, Arts and Culture

    Looking for things to do this summer in Vermont? Let's face it, summer in Vermont is short. Over the next three months, you can make the most of the season by exploring swimming holes, hiking trails, bike paths, festivals, music, arts and culture. Things to Do in...

  • Local, Quirky and Old School: Erskine’s Grain & Garden in Chester
    Local, Quirky and Old School: Erskine’s Grain & Garden in Chester

    Inside Erskine’s Grain & Garden, a fixture in Chester since 1952, customers will find flower seeds, chicken feed, farm tools, and everything in between. The store, started by the Erskine family, is now owned by Janessa Purney and her husband, Burleigh Sunflower. The couple, who live...

  • In Canaan, April’s Maple Embraces Food, Family and the Forest
    In Canaan, April’s Maple Embraces Food, Family and the Forest

    Vermont's maple sugaring season is short. But for April Lemay, running a maple business is a year-round, family affair. On 800 acres once owned by her grandparents, she operates April's Maple, a maple sugar farm and cafe in the small town of Canaan near the Canadian border....

  • Selling Christmas Trees is a Family Affair at Russell Farm in Starksboro
    Selling Christmas Trees is a Family Affair at Russell Farm in Starksboro

    Russell Farm in Starksboro has been in the Christmas tree business for 40 years. The family-owned farm is where visitors flock to every holiday season for Christmas trees. Dave and Janet Russell bought the farm from Janet’s parents in the 1970s. The farm was a dairy...

  • The Roots of the Gilfeather Turnip Run Deep in Tiny Wardsboro 
    The Roots of the Gilfeather Turnip Run Deep in Tiny Wardsboro 

    Along a rugged dirt road in the southern Vermont town of Wardsboro is the old Gilfeather farm, where the famous Gilfeather turnip first sprouted in the early 1900s. The turnip, cultivated by farmer John Gilfeather, became the official Vermont State Vegetable in 2016. It’s celebrated every fall...

  • Hiking with Goats, Sheep Herding Demos & More at Vermont Open Farm Week 2021
    Hiking with Goats, Sheep Herding Demos & More at Vermont Open Farm Week 2021

    On 200-acres in the hills of Westminster, Liz Shaw and Katrina Hamilton combine their talents at Morse Brook Farm. At Vermont Open Farm Week 2021, the duo will share with the public their expertise and passion for farming. Morse Brook Farm is one of 45 farms around...

  • 5 Vermont Public Gardens to Visit
    5 Vermont Public Gardens to Visit

    After a long winter and dreary spring, it’s finally time to stop and smell the flowers and soak up splashes of color in Vermont public gardens. Five Vermont public gardens worth visiting this spring and summer showcase peonies, roses, hydrangeas, sunflowers, lavender, fruit trees, and more....

  • Veterinary Oncologist Kendra Knapik Revitalizes an Abandoned Vineyard in the Champlain Islands
    Veterinary Oncologist Kendra Knapik Revitalizes an Abandoned Vineyard in the Champlain Islands

    Balancing motherhood with a career in veterinary oncology motivated Kendra Knapik to choose a different path, one with more balance and flexibilty.  Three years ago, she established Ellison Estate Vineyard. Knapik and her husband, Rob—a Norwich University professor and chair of the physics department—purchased an abandoned...

  • Amy Richardson: Life, Love, and Loss on a Vermont Dairy Farm
    Amy Richardson: Life, Love, and Loss on a Vermont Dairy Farm

    Amy Richardson didn't exactly know what she was getting into when she married a dairy farmer. But for more than 25 years, she’s embraced moments big and small on the farm. After meeting Scott Richardson at the University of Vermont, the couple married in 1994. They...

  • How a Captain’s Capture and Rescue Changed the Trajectory of Alison Kosakowski Conant’s Life
    How a Captain’s Capture and Rescue Changed the Trajectory of Alison Kosakowski Conant’s Life

    Alison Kosakowski Conant was in crisis communications mode when she first arrived in Vermont. While working for Maersk, a global shipping company, she rushed from New Jersey to Vermont in April 2009. The Maersk Alabama cargo ship was hijacked by four Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The ship’s...