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Pioneering organic wheat grower reflects on the farming life

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Posted on September 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRIDPORT FARMER BEN Gleason plans to retire and is working with the Vermont Land Trust to find a new owner for his farm and business. A pioneer in Vermont wheat production, Gleason has been growing organic wheat on his farm since 1982 — long before the explosion of the local foods movement some 20 years ago. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

BRIDPORT — Pioneering organic wheat farmer Ben Gleason is making plans to lay aside his plow. The 73-year-old Bridport resident is working with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve his farm’s 75 acres and conduct a nationwide search for a new farmer interested in Gleason’s farm and flour business.

“I was gonna farm until I died,” said Gleason. Instead he’s decided just to find new owners.

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