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Member Spotlight: Marie Kirn

I first learned about Smart Growth Vermont at a statewide presentation for planning commissioners in Montpelier. I was attracted to the organization’s deep commitment and intense involvement in wise thinking. While on the Planning Commission in Hartland, I helped get Village designation for the town and realized how hard it is to create affordable housing in Vermont. As more of us get on in years and want to stay in our towns, we will need someplace to live. That’s one of the reasons I was attracted to co-housing. At Cobb Hill, 23 families live on four acres and farm the remaining 270 acres. We’re particularly proud of our award winning Ascutney Mountain cheese that we make by hand from milk from our own cows.