Dan Arguimbau recalls visiting farmers as a kid in Massachusetts. He’d go with his father, George, who was then an office manager for the USDA.
“I love to talk to farmers and listen to their stories,” says Dan, a farmer himself. He lives with his wife, Peg, on a 40-acre farm in Sharon, Mass., that his father bought in 1934. Their house was home to Revolutionary War hero Deborah Sampson and served as a speakeasy during Prohibition, but that’s not what makes the property special.
“This historic home in the middle of suburbia would not be the same without the farm,” says Dan. As a child, he helped tend the family’s 12,000 chickens. These days, he keeps 50 chickens, a vegetable garden, hayfields, and a pet Jersey named Fred.
Dan and Peg’s upbringings led each to value conservation. Dan taught environmental studies, forestry, and conservation at a local high school. Peg chaired the town’s conservation commission for over three decades. Ten years ago, they conserved 35 acres of their farm with Mass Audubon.
They’ve also been long-time supporters of VLT. They love Vermont so much they chose to honeymoon in Stowe. Over the years, they’ve visited VLT-conserved farms—including three “pilgrimages” to the Bromley Farm in Danby—and befriended many of the landowners.
“What makes it so beautiful is the combination of farms, forests, and mountains,” says Dan. “That’s why I love Vermont so much… all of these, the Vermont Land Trust has preserved. I’d be in Vermont if I didn’t have this farm.”
“In his other life, he was a Vermonter,” Peg adds with a smile.
Photo by: Georgia Sparling