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Young trio of farmers leave 'footprints' in Starksboro

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Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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NATHAN HAMMER, LEFT, Jake Mendell and Taylor Hutchison weed a flower bed on their nine-acre farm in Starksboro Monday afternoon. Footprint Farm grows flowers and produce and will soon add chickens and pigs to their operation. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

STARKSBORO — Those who have unhappily watched the trends of young people leaving the state and farms closing up shop have reason to celebrate the launch of Footprint Farm in Starksboro this year.

Three young farmers — St. George native Jake Mendell, 25, and California natives Taylor Hutchison, 25, and Nathan Hammer, 32 — started work in April on their diversified, 9-acre farm at Starksboro’s Common Ground Center.

And already the trio says they have found a warm welcome for their mix of vegetables, flowers and animals.

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