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Right from the start, Extension's strength has been its people and the relationship they have with Vermonters. No history of UVM Extension would be complete without the stories of those men and women who devoted their lives to advancing the mission of the land-grant university. See the Full List of Recordings »

Lucien Paquette

Addison County Agricultural Agent, 1940 - 1982

Lucien Paquette was born and raised on a farm in Craftsbury, Vermont. He graduated from Craftsbury Senior High School in 1935, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Vermont in 1940. Upon graduation Paquette went to work as a UVM Grand Isle County Extension Agent in agriculture and youth. More...

In 1946, Lucien became the UVM Addison County Extension Agent in Agriculture, and served as the Superintendant of the UVM Morgan Horse Farm through most of the 1950s. He retired in 1982.

Paquette is also the founder of the Addison County Fair & Field Days, which began in 1948 on a farm on East Munger Street in Middlebury. Field Days has been Paquette's passion, and under his leadership during the past 62 years the annual exposition has grown to be the largest agricultural fair in the state of Vermont....Less


I saw my role as trying to help them to help themselves...