NO. R-22.† House concurrent resolution congratulating the Lilac Ridge Farm of West Brattleboro on being designated the 2002 Sustainable Agricultural Farm of the Year.

(H.C.R.6)

Offered by:† Representatives Milkey of Brattleboro, Bartlett of Dover, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Marek of Newfane, Obuchowski of Rockingham, OíDonnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rusten of Halifax, Starr of Troy and Towne of Berlin, and Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County and Senator White of Windham County.

†††† Whereas, as a way to promote and celebrate sustainable agriculture in Vermont, the University of Vermontís Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, and the Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets annually honor an outstanding Vermont farm as the Sustainable Agricultural Farm of the Year, and

†††† Whereas, the 2002 recipient of this coveted agricultural award, the Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro, exemplifies sustainable agriculture through its crop diversity, economic viability, and strong ties to the community, and

†††† Whereas, the history of the Lilac Ridge Farm began in 1937 when Stuart Thurber Sr., a Brattleboro native, commenced dairy farming on a 75-acre tract in West Brattleboro which he sold to his son, Stuart Jr., and daughter-in-law, Beverly, in 1975, and

†††† Whereas, the second generation of Thurber farmers soon began to expand the farm by purchasing 150 acres of land devoted to hay, timber, and Christmas trees with the intent of making Lilac Ridge Farm a self-sustaining system, and

†††† Whereas,† the now 600-acre farmís continued use for agricultural purposes is assured through the conveyance of the farmís development rights to the Vermont Land Trust, and

†††† Whereas, in 1997, the third generation of Thurbers associated with Lilac Ridge Farm, Stuart Jr.ís son, Ross, and his wife, Amanda, who are holders of degrees in agriculture from the University of Vermont, became partners in this family enterprise, and

†††† Whereas, sustainable agriculture continues to thrive at Lilac Ridge Farm as the Thurbers raise their own heifers to regenerate the dairy herd, use management-intensive grazing, and construct a new barn with lumber from the familyís woodlot, and

†††† Whereas, this exemplary sustainable farm also features a horticultural operation, and Stuart and Beverlyís daughters, Jessica and Hanna and their husbands, Eli and Shabir, frequently lend a helping hand, now therefore be it

†††† Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

†††† That the General Assembly congratulates the Thurber family on Lilac Ridge Farmís designation as the 2002 Vermont Sustainable Agricultural Farm of the Year, and be it further

†††† Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Stuart Jr. and Beverly Thurber and Ross and Amanda Thurber in Brattleboro.