Colleen Leonard, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, 802-828-2790
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Maille Family Farm in Shelburne recently received a facelift thanks to women from the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility and an innovative, public/private partnership.
Jim Maille and his parents, Joe and Sylvia Maille, were part of a unique program which utilized state government, non-profit, and private resources in an effort to enhance Vermont’s working landscape. The Maille family’s historic, working dairy barn, located on Dorset Street, was prepped, scraped, repaired, and painted by a team of women from the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.
The crew of women was organized through Vermont Works For Women, a non-profit that helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue and excel in work that leads to economic independence.
In addition to receiving certificates recognizing their contribution, many of the women expressed pride in being able to contribute to the Vermont landscape, while developing new skills. Beyond prepping, painting, and repairs, several of the women even helped farmer Jim Maille deliver a baby Holstein calf.
The barn painting project came to fruition thanks to a unique cross-sector effort. Angelo Pizzagalli, of Pizzagalli Properties, came forward with an idea to help Vermont’s working farms. Key partners from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, the Vermont Department of Corrections, Vermont Works for Women, Preservation Trust of Vermont, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the Vermont Office of Tourism and Marketing, Pizzagalli Properties LLC., Sherwin-Williams, NES Rentals, ReSOURCE, Allen Lumber, and Wannamaker Restorations all worked together to make the project a success.
The Maille barn is the third barn to be painted through the partnership project. The Gingue Farm in Waterford, VT also received a facelift this summer using a work crew from the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility. The Molly Brook Farm in Danville, VT was the first farm to participate in 2010. The project will be evaluated by the partners at the end of the year to discuss future plans, resources needed, and the possibility to expand the number of barns that can participate in the effort. The ultimate goal of the barn painting project is to enhance the overall beauty of Vermont’s Working Landscape. Vermont barns are integral to maintaining and enhancing the Vermont brand which is recognized world-wide for its quality and dedication to the land and natural resources.
“Vermont’s iconic barns are part of the rich agricultural heritage of our state,” said Chuck Ross, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets. “This project is a great example of how public, private, and non-profit entities can work together to preserve and enhance our working landscape.”
About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. Visit www.VermontAgriculture.com