Maxham/Wilder Farm (1999)
Prior to 1999, Tim and Jill Maxham operated a successful dairy operation on a rented farmstead and land. Their dream of owning a farm became a reality when Don and Helena Wilder decided to conserve and sell their historic 150-acre farm on Route 2. Tim and Jill purchased the conserved farm in 1999, and proceeded to expand their dairy operation and construct a state-of-the-art dairy facility. South Hero Land Trust and Vermont Land Trust worked in partnership with the Maxhams and the Wilders to protect the property's agricultural resources by means of a conservation easement. At the time of transfer, the development rights were conveyed to the Vermont Land Trust, giving the Wilder's peace of mind that their farm would remain in agricultural use. Local school groups visit the farm to learn more about dairy farming and its importance to their lives and the town of South Hero. The Maxhams currently milk over 250 cows, taking full advantage of their free stall barn. They continue to lease land throughout South Hero, keeping a large portion of South Hero's agricultural land base open and productive.