Community Spotlight: Richford
Tucked away on the Northern edge of the State is Richford, Vermont. Though it is home to only 2,200 residents, this community has a lot to offer. From great schools to abundant recreational opportunities to excellent air quality, Richford is a real gem.
Residents enjoy Richford’s rural character, and visitors appreciate being close to a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, skiing and fishing. Basic necessities are available within the Village, but major employers are mostly in larger towns.
Agriculture is essential to the economy in Richford. Logging operations, dairy, vegetable, and perennial farms, and maple sugar producers employ and support many area families. Residents and visitors can shop at the local farmers’ market for a taste of the products from the region.
The Village of Richford offers a variety of services, including antique shops, a golf course, and daycare facilities, to name just a few. The Richford Economic Advancement Corporation and Borderlands Economic Development Corporation are local groups that work together to strengthen Richford’s economy by building on its strengths as a rural agricultural community.
The Main Street Mill, which originally housed a furniture factory, was recently restored. Today, the building has been restored into a four-story mixed use facility that includes Mac’s Grocery Store, the Richford Health Center, NOTCH Pharmacy, and twelve affordable apartments. The fourth floor remains available for commercial rentals. This project was honored at Smart Growth Vermont’s Smart Growth Awards in September 2007.