Happy Vermonters is a series of vignettes sharing why people call Vermont home. The series profiles a variety of people—from innkeepers, artists, and entrepreneurs to photographers, woodworkers, and community organizers—who live in every corner of the state, including Manchester, Newport, Burlington, Stowe, Waterbury, Norwich, and Brattleboro.

Happy Vermonters: Beth Kennett Shares Her Farm with Open Arms

Happy Vermonters: Beth Kennett Shares Her Farm with Open Arms

September 1, 2018

Beth Kennett welcomed her first overnight guests to Liberty Hill Farm in 1984. Back then, hosting visitors was a way for Beth and her husband, Bob, to start to diversify their income as farmers. Ever since, families and couples from the Netherlands, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, California and beyond have stayed at the farm. Many … Read More

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Happy Vermonters: Todd Cummings Captures the Beauty of Vermont

Happy Vermonters: Todd Cummings Captures the Beauty of Vermont

July 12, 2018

Along a dirt road in Huntington next to Fargo Brook is where Todd Cummings lives, works and breathes inspiration. On his five-acre lot on East Street, where he shares a home with his wife and where the couple raised their two sons, it’s easy to see why this is where Cummings chooses to spend his … Read More

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Happy Vermonters: Ana Fernandez Taps Into the Pure Joy of Sugaring

Happy Vermonters: Ana Fernandez Taps Into the Pure Joy of Sugaring

March 29, 2018

Ana Fernandez came to Vermont on a whim last year when a friend told her about a job opening at Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm in Stowe. The Michigan native is now spending her second season sugaring at the farm, spending her days (and nights) boiling sap, changing the filter press, and checking the lines in the woods. Nebraska Knoll … Read More

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Happy Vermonters: Brian Cook Finds Fulfillment in His Hometown

Happy Vermonters: Brian Cook Finds Fulfillment in His Hometown

July 17, 2017

“The small world component you find in Vermont works for me because I think it encourages you to diversify your life. I grew up in Norwich and lived in different parts of the country—Missouri, Boston, and New Jersey—and eventually returned here with my wife and kids. It’s been a revelation since returning to Vermont how … Read More

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Happy Vermonters: Why Michael Knapp Calls Brattleboro Home

Happy Vermonters: Why Michael Knapp Calls Brattleboro Home

July 5, 2017

“I’m an entrepreneur and started a software company out of my basement back in 2000. I know there are parts of the tech industry that very much belong here—technology to help with sustainability, environmental protection, energy efficiency, and K-12 education. I’ve been interested in social justice since a young age. I often wondered, ‘How do … Read More

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