Rivait earns Land Trust stewardship award

VERGENNES — Since 2005, the Vermont Land Trust has been recognizing outstanding high school juniors and seniors who are dedicated to agriculture and forestry. This year, Tianna Rivait of Addison received one of seven Land Stewards Awards presented by the land trust, along with a check for $250.
Rivait was nominated by Bill Van Der Weert, her agricultural educator at Vergennes Union High School. “Like many people who work closely with the land, Rivait has a firm grasp of reality and takes necessary steps to accomplish her goals,” Van Der Weert shared.
Rivait has worked on three farms. Nearly seven days a week after school, she has worked at Nea Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh, where she milks about 250 cows. But during lambing season, she also helps with sheep at the Thompson DuClos Farm in Weybridge. “When she commits to an employer, she is all in and will make her job a top priority,” Van Der Weert said.
Rivait’s passion for agriculture carries over into the classroom. She has studied Animal Science, Natural Resource Management, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship, where she wrote a business plan to start a horse farm in Vermont. She has been an active member of Future Farmers of America and was part of the chapter’s parliamentary procedure that competed nationally in 2017.
“The Vermont Land Trust is thrilled to honor these students and to recognize the importance of technical and vocational schools,” said Nick Richardson, president of the Vermont Land Trust. “Talented agricultural and forestry professionals are vital to the careful management of Vermont’s farms and forests.”

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