George Aiken really was the man with a plan. When he was governor, he took many of the qualities of Vermont he loved and built policy around them. Nearly all of the public policy he solidified had direct affects on farming, agriculture and Vermont’s rural heritage.
For decades now, many of those policies have been carried forward (and modified), preserving the quality of life Vermonters covet.
But economies of scale have been unkind to our state over the years, making it harder for people working in agriculture. The number of farms in Vermont has diminished at a staggering rate; for other areas of agriculture, the struggle has meant adapting and diversifying.
The transition has been painful. It also has changed the “working landscape” of our state, as more farmland has been converted from fields to developments, or has just been allowed to grow over.