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Getting New Farmers on the Land

One day in 2007, Tim and Brooke Hughes-Muse sat in the driveway of a farmhouse in Pawlet, wondering if they would ever be able to purchase such a lovely farm. “It was like a dream,” Tim recalls. “Beautiful soil, a beautiful house and barns, a great place to raise a family.”

Since graduating from Green Mountain College, they had circulated among farming jobs in Vermont and New York. Tim maintained his idealism: “I got into this to feed the world,” he says, but reality had sunk in. “Unless you own the farm, there’s not much future for you.”

There’s a future today because he and Brooke do own that farm, where they now raise sweet potatoes. They have four daughters, and named their enterprise Laughing Child Farm after the sound they frequently hear across the fields. Read more and see slideshow.


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