ESSEX JUNCTION The 2007 Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame winners were honored Wednesday during the 2007 Champlain Valley Fair presented by Progressive, at a special luncheon in the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre.
The Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame is celebrating its 5th year of honoring Vermonters who have made a significant contribution to farming and agriculture. The Hall of Fame was started in 2003 by a committee from the Vermont Farm Bureau, Champlain Valley Exposition Board of Directors and other interested community members.
The focus is on farmers as inductees, with four categories farmers, government, education and non-government (fairs, farm bureau, etc.) Photographs of past winners can be viewed in the entryway of the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre South at the Exposition. Photos of last years recipients were unveiled by Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie. The 2006 recipients were Arthur H. Packard, Sr., Robert Carlson, Robert G. Coombs, Jr., Merton Pike and Robert H. Wood, Jr.
This years Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and luncheon was hosted by the exposition and sponsored by Sentinel Investments of Montpelier. Vermont. Gov. James H. Douglas was on hand to make the presentations of framed prints of a Champlain Valley farm by artist Deborah Holmes to the new members and/or their families.
Kermit and Margaret Richardson of Orange for their long commitment to the Grange and their community. They have lived on land which has been in Margaret's family for more than 150 years and are a team as well as very distinct individuals. In 1957 they were named Vermont State Grange Young Couple of the Year, and they have never looked back!
Kermit has served as town moderator, school director, and as a member of the state legislature. He has been a member of the Riverside Grange for over 60 years, and his involvement includes many state offices as well as Master of the National Grange from 1993-2003.