I never planned to spend my life in agriculture, but after working on a dairy farm between school years at Middlebury College, I was pretty sure the farming life was for me. I worked on apple orchards after graduation, and then in 1980, Michaela and I bought our land in New Haven. I started an apple tree nursery and then a pick-your-own strawberry farm. After nearly 25 years of growing strawberries, I heard about new varietals of winegrapes that are hardy enough for Vermont winters and starting planting vines in 2001. The vineyard story picks up here.