Eleanor Leger of Eden Ice Cider, and Beverley Thurber of Lilac Ridge Farm, were honored by the State of Vermont and their fellow Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) members at the Vermont Forestry Systems Analysis Summit that took place at Sugarbush Resort in Warren on June 16th. Leger and Thurber were acknowledged for their longstanding dedication and service to the Working Lands Enterprise Board, and to its mission to grow the economies, cultures, and communities of Vermont’s Working Landscapes.
Eleanor Leger joined the Working Lands Board in 2012, to fill the seat of “one representative who is actively engaged in value-added agricultural products manufacturing”, appointed by the Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board. In 2007 Leger started Eden Ice Cider Company with her husband Albert Leger. Over the last 8 years the couple have planted over 1,000 apple trees, created 5 vintages of Eden Vermont Ice Ciders, and have recently introduced a new line of Orleans Aperitif Ciders.
Beverley Thurber joined the Working Lands Board in 2013, to fill the seat of “one member who is a representative of Vermont’s dairy industry who is also a dairy farmer”, appointed by the Governor. Thurber has been involved in operating Lilac Ridge Farm since 1975 as a dairy, maple syrup, and Christmas tree farm. Since the farm became a family partnership in 1998 Thurber has played the role of financial officer for the diversified farm which continues to produce maple syrup, organic milk, and vegetables.
While Leger and Thurber will have completed their board terms of service on June 30th 2015, both will continue to be active members and supporters of Vermont’s working landscape.