Ag Agency Announces Winner of 2017 #FarmLeafies Photo Contest

For Immediate Release 
Friday, November 3, 2017

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and the Vermont Cheese Council congratulate Tara Schatz from Bennington, Vermont for capturing the most popular fall farm photo of 2017. The inaugural #FarmLeafies champion features a portrait of the Randall cattle grazing on an iconic Vermont farm while the pink dusk sky glows on the Green Mountains in the background.

This foliage season, the Agency of Agriculture teamed up with the Vermont Cheese Council to hold a fall farm photo contest to help showcase the beautiful barns, animals, orchards, foliage, and farm views that make Vermont so scenic. As the fall colors settled in, fans voted for their favorites on the Ag Agency’s Facebook page. The grand prize? A $100 cheese shopping spree at the Mad River Taste Place. Home to the Vermont Cheese Council, this one-of-a-kind establishment offers cheeses from every Vermont producer in the state

Tara’s popular photo was liked 95 times, beating out 60 other elaborate farm photos to claim the top spot. When it was all said and done, the #FarmLeafies social media campaign received more than 1,100 likes and was shared more than 95 times.

The Randall cattle is a rare breed rooted in Sunderland, Vermont. Fittingly, that’s where Tara was able to get the shot of the purebred cattle right across from the town offices. Agriculture is a large part of Vermont’s beauty, and perhaps there’s no better way to express that than with #FarmLeafies like this one.

The Ag Agency wants to thank the public for helping to display the beauty of Vermont agriculture during one of its most crucial times and the Vermont Cheese Council for providing the total Vermont cheese package, a prize we know Vermonters just can’t resist.