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

Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees
Hall of Fame Vermont Expo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edward Eurich, Robert Graf, Kenley Squier, Fred Webster

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

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

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

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

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

Harold Howrigan; Donald Balch; James Jeffords; Stephanie Bourdeau

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

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