After Trent Roleau, 21, graduates from Vermont Technical College next year, he hopes to start a small-scale diversified farm on a property owned by his parents near where he grew up in Lincoln. Roleau's parents own Isham Brook Farm, and Trent grew up caring for pigs, collecting maple sap every spring and competing in draft horse competitions around New England. You can hear more about his story below as part of our Making a Life in Addison County series, and you can read about his family in a July 29 print article. Dramatic video of Roleau corralling four runaway horses is also available here.
You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard the personal stories from friends and neighbors: Vermont needs to create more opportunities for its young people or else they will leave the state. But many young adults choose to stay here and many others return after a few years away.
The “Making a life in Addison County” series will take a closer look at the lives of the 7,000 people between ages 20 and 34 who live in this county. What are they doing? Why did they stay or come back? How are they making it? Among other things, the series will look at the effect of the tough job market on the lives of young adults, whether they plan on remaining in the area and how they see the future of Addison County.
It will include profiles in the newspaper, and a weekly multimedia profile. Find them here.
And if you have a story that deserves to be told about your decision to make Vermont your home, we want to hear from you. E-mail tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 388-4944.
Young adults in Addison County by the numbers:
Source: U.S. Census Bureau