FALLOW DEER ARE raised at LedgEnd Farm in Middlebury. The farm has recently conserved 132 acres of land through the Vermont Land Trust.
Photo courtesy of LedgEnd Farm
MIDDLEBURY — Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts of LedgEnd Farm worked with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve 132 acres of their deer farm on Munger Street in Middlebury. Theirs is the largest deer farm in the state with over 400 animals.
Dimuzio didn’t follow a typical path to become a farmer. For more than 20 years he built up his deer farm business while working as an emergency room physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center. In 2016, he retired from the hospital to pursue farming full time.
The deer at LedgEnd Farm are fallow deer, which originate in Europe. They are one of four deer...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Aug. 13 unanimously agreed to allocate $44,000 from the town’s conservation fund to help conserve 132 acres of the LedgEnd Farm off Painter and Munger roads.
Owned by Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts, LedgEnd is currently the largest fallow deer farm in the state, according to Al Karnatz, the Vermont Land Trust’s (VLT) Champlain Valley farm director. The VLT is now raising the $510,000 purchase price for the LedgEnd conservation easement. Plans call for the VLT to conserve the remaining 140 acres of the farm at a later date, according to Karnatz.