Vermont Land Trust: Local student recognized for land stewardship

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BRATTLEBORO — Local student Troy Felisko recently received the Land Stewards Award from the Vermont Land Trust. The award, now in its twelfth year, acknowledges the hard work of tomorrow's agricultural and forestry leaders with an unrestricted cash prize of $250. Eleven qualified students across Vermont will receive the Land Stewards Award this year.

Felisko, from Wilmington, is a student at Windham Regional Career Center in Brattleboro. Errold Nelson, Forestry Instructor, nominated Felisko for the award because of his experience raising Black Angus and Highlander cattle for beef production, and his dedication to learning about forestry and horticulture in the classroom.

Joan Weir of the Vermont Land Trust presented Felisko with his award and a $250 prize earlier this month at Windham Regional Career Center. He will be attending SUNY Cobleskill to major in Beef, Livestock, and Animal Studies.

"I have always had a passion in the agricultural field," said Felisko, who recently got cows of his own, which he keeps at his family's land in Wilmington. For six years, he has worked at the Morse Farm, also known as Maple Hill Farm, in Whitingham. This farm owns forest and farmland protected with the Vermont Land Trust, and produces beef and maple syrup.

"Troy is a hard-working student both in the classroom and on job sites," said Nelson. "He encompasses many of the 21st-century skills that are needed to be successful in today's society. Troy is a natural leader, who students gravitate and look up to."

Felisko also participates in the local FFA chapter ("Future Farmers of America"). He placed 7th in the State FFA Soils Competition, and was on the third place team at the Winter FFA Forestry Event.

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