Dana Burkewitz grew up on his family’s dairy in Irasburg, taking part in running the farm through his early adulthood. He later went on to operate a trucking and logging business, but he and his wife, Wendy, wanted to return to a farming life. They saw a window of opportunity when a 119-acre farm along Route 100 in Westfield went on the market. It has not been actively farmed in years, and needed repairs and new fencing. But the land was certified organic—just right for the small start-up the Burketwitzes envisioned.
They worked with VLT’s Farmland Access Program to conserve the property, reducing its cost, and crafted their business plan with help from the Intervale Center and VHCB’s Farm Viability Program. Their hard work is paying off, and the couple is now milking 60 cows and shipping organic milk to Stonyfield.
The conservation agreement protects 78 acres of excellent farm soils and two wetland areas.
Funded by the Freeman Foundation. (March 2017)
Pictured below: Wendy and Dana’s children, Quinten and Camden Burkewitz