Vermont MLax Volunteers at Isham Family Farm

BURLINGTON, Vt. - University of Vermont spent this past Saturday volunteering its time and effort at the Isham Family Farm in Williston, Vt. The student-athletes spent the day performing various tasks around the farm, helping owner Mike Isham complete what would have been around four months of work in just a few hours.

Following a previous visit and a conversation with Isham, head coach Ryan Curtis found out about the plethora of work that goes into maintaining the farm. Curtis decided to give the team a day off from practice, and instead arranged to bring them over for a hard day's work in the local community. The team split up into three groups to perform anything from building new propane heaters to forking wood chips and picking corn. Others helped close up the greenhouse and build a fresh fire pit out of stone, while some were busy moving landscape boulders, concrete tubs and a new evaporator for sugaring.

The team also helped ensure the farm would be ready for the upcoming winter, as they aided in stacking four cords of wood for heat supply and built two propane heaters for the barn. The cords of wood should help heat the farm for a couple winter seasons, as two cords is usually sufficient to supply heat for a normal winter.

The Isham Family Farm, built back in 1788 and originally known as the Murray Homestead, was first purchased by the Isham Family back in 1871 and has since been passed down through the family to current fifth-generation owner Mike Isham. The farm is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2002 it joined the Vermont Land Trust, which ensures it will remain a farm for future generations.


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