Vermont has traditionally been an essentially rural, agricultural state. Dairy, sheep, beef, fruit, lumber and pulpwood, and notably Maple Syrup are among its primary products. Part of traveling and photographing Vermont is, hence, finding and photographing farms, barns and agricultural views. Everywhere you go in the state, you can find “tucked away” areas with farm scenes and barns.
I found this barn (with some help from my friend and fellow photographer, Carol Smith) near the highest point on Bragg Hill Road just East of Waitsfield, Vermont. It is a great specimen of a current, Vermont working dairy farm.
Mountains and rivers mean rough, hilly, rocky farmland. This farm on Briggs Hill Road near Bristol, Vermont is a splendid example of the “hardscrabble existence” of many Vermont farmers.
This Bridgewater Corners farm illustrates what seems the norm; with every farmstead, there is a sugarhouse lurking somewhere. We might have completely missed this one had the foliage been as full as we hoped.
It is not clear that all the old farmsteads in Vermont continue to be full time, working farming operations. This Turkey Hill Road farm near Northfield, Vermont shows signs of activity, but its cleared and mowed meadows could as easily be rented out to nearby farmers.
Not all Vermont farms are old, “hardscrabble,” or working examples. The Sleepy Hollow Farm, one of Vermont’s most photographed Barns, is currently owned by the drummer for a “big name” rock and roll band.
However, it is clear that the majority of ongoing, farms in Vermont are still working dairy operations, Like this modern, working dairy farm in Fairfield, Vermont.