Rick’s Field of Dreams

Rick’s Field  of Dreams

by Rick Bessette Shelburne’s Poet Laureate From vegetable gardens to flowers, the long-awaited gardening season in all its glory is here. Tomatoes, sweet corn, and berries—ah, so much to enjoy! Fresh cut flowers to grace the kitchen table, the colors and fragrances endless. And for those of us that want to avoid fighting bugs, disease,… Read More »

Rick’s Fields of Dreams

As Father’s Day approaches and the Lake Champlain International Fishing Derby, I am reminded of my favorite childhood fishing spot. I would ride my bike or walk to the north seawall on Shelburne Farms. There is a huge rock that the wall was built around. I would spend hours sitting there. Many times while my… Read More »

Rick’s Field of Dreams

Shelburne Farms has been my home for 62 years. I have walked, biked and driven all over this magical, magnificent, peaceful landscape. My family has been connected to the farm for three generations. I started working on the farm in 1968 as a groundskeeper assistant under the watchful eye of Darcy Patterson. I had the… Read More »