Vermont’s First Community-Owned Dairy Farm Offers Farmstead Cheese
When an iconic dairy farm in Vermont vacated, locals were worried the land would be snapped up by a developer. So, rather than leave it to chance, the community rallied and purchased the farm in South Woodstock. Today, it's the state's first and only community-owned dairy farm that also happens to produce award-winning farmstead cheese.
The new owners are not novices. They include seasoned farmers and food industry executives who hired experienced staff. The top cheese maker, Rick Woods, 46, has been plying his craft for 19 years. “We’re a new company, but it’s not the first time around the block for these people,” says Sharon Huntley, who is in charge of marketing.
Photo by Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co.