The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association have selected the 450-acre Richardson farm in Hartland as the 2009 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA), presenters of the annual award, chose the Richardson farm for the honor based on its overall excellence in dairying, including outstanding herd performance and superior milk quality. Judges described the three-generation farm as the epitome of an exemplary Vermont dairy farm, both in terms of milk and herd quality as well as high quality of life. They also cited immaculately clean grounds and a detail-oriented approach to farming.In addition to the Jersey milk that is shipped to the Grafton Village Cheese Factory via Agri-Mark, the farm produces maple syrup (3,075 gallons this year) and split rail fencing. Family members also participate in community support activities, serving in town governance, conservation, and professional organizations.An open house at the Richardson Family Farm in Hartland from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24. The public is invited to visit the 64-cow hillside farm on Richardson Farm Road.