Congratulations to our 2021 Ag Hall of Fame Inductees!

2021 Emerging Leader:

Caleb Fisher, Farmer/Owner Rusty Bird Farm. Walden, VT

Ag Innovator:

Amy Richardson, Richardson Family Farm, Farmer. Hartland, VT

Lifetime Achievement:

Roberta MacDonald, Service Provider, Burlington, VT

Polly Whitcomb McEwing, Farmer, Essex Junction, VT

Robert “Bob” D. Wellington, (deceased) Agri-Mark’s Senior V.P. of Economics, Communications, and Legislative Affairs, Andover, MA

This year the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame celebrates 19 years of honoring farmers, producers and people dedicated to supporting Vermont’s working landscape. Nominations will be accepted in three categories: Emerging Leaders, Ag Innovators, and The Lifetime Achievement Award.

Please consider yourself invited to nominate a leader in Vermont agriculture for the 2021 award.  Who is eligible?  Anyone who is significantly contributing to farming in Vermont – whether they own or work on a farm, or provide direct support. Individuals, partners, families and collectives – including members of the farmworker community – are candidates, all vital to growing Vermont’s food, fiber and fuel.

The three categories are as defined:

 Emerging Leader: This category highlights those who are stepping up to become the next generation of agricultural leaders in Vermont.  Age 40 or younger (born after June 1, 1981), these individuals demonstrate a deep commitment to Vermont’s working landscape and are poised to lead our Ag community into the future.  They are remarkable for their service, youthful energy, and dedication to Vermont agriculture.

Ag Innovator: Those in consideration for this category have demonstrated a fresh and forward-thinking approach to agriculture.  They are making or have made a significant, positive impact on Vermont, in areas such as but not limited to: growing the local economy, promoting stewardship and conservation, improving community health and nutrition, developing new tools and practices, and using alternative models in business and land ownership. They are notable for their unique perspective and unconventional approach. (Age is not a factor for consideration in this category.)

Lifetime Achievement: This category recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement, improvement, or development of Vermont agriculture over the course of their long career. Nominees shall have played an active role in Vermont agriculture for at least thirty years.

Photo portraits of Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame honorees are displayed in the entryway to the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre South at the Champlain Valley Exposition. For more information about the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame or to nominate individuals, please contact Jackie Buttolph at jbuttolph@cvexpo.org

Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees
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2021

Caleb Fisher, Amy Richardson, Robert MacDonald, Polly Whitcomb McEwing, Robert “Bob” D. Wellington
2020

Harold J. Howrigan, Jacques and Pauline Couture, Alan Curler, Abbie Corse, Reg Chaput
2019

Joanna Samuelson Lidback, Marie Audet, Bill Rowell, Jack and Anne Lazor
2018

Clara Ayer, Beth Kennett, Robert Foster, and Enid Wonnacott
2017

Ray and Pam Allen, Claude Bourbeau, Rupert and Muriel Chamberlain
2016

Gordon J. Booth, Anne C. Brown, Walter and Sally Goodrich, Ralph McNall
2015

Putnam Blodgett, Arthur Cliffor, James Harvey, Governor Frederick Holbrook,
Mariafranca Morselli
2014

Joseph E. Carriagan, Ronald Greenwood, Richard Moore, Harry Morse, Lucien Paquette
2013

Darby Bradley, Elizabeth Carr, Sam Cutting III, Robert Davis, John Deere, Thomas Magnant
2012

Roger Albee, Anne Burke, Steve Woodard, DVM, Dr. Woody Pankey, David Grimm
2011

Edward Eurich, Robert Graf, Kenley Squier, Fred Webster
2010

Ryle K. Dow; Wilson “Bill” Clark; Gov. George D. Aiken; Catherine M. “Kate” Beattie
2009

Everett Harris; Millicent Rooney; Dr. Henry Atherton; John Finley
2008

Sen. Justin Smith Morrill; Philip K. Grime; W. Dean Merrill; Sen. Patrick Leahy
2007

Kermit and Margaret Richardson; Dr. James Gilmore; J. Douglas Webb; Ruth Towne
2006

Robert H. Wood, Jr.; Arthur H. Packard, Sr.; Merton Pike; Robert Coombs, Jr.; Robert Carlson
2005

Harold Howrigan; Donald Balch; James Jeffords; Stephanie Bourdeau
2004

Lloyd “Pat” Patterson; George, Howard and Ben Foster; Dwight miller, Jr.; K. Stewart Gibson;
Warren “Dick” Dodge; Charles Mraz; Elmer Towne
2003

Keith Wallace; Francis Howrigan; David Marvin; Carolyn Jones; Gloria Conant; John Bramley;
Cal Blessing; Everett Willard