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Driven by social media and websites aimed at amateur photographers, thousands of leaf-camera shooters descend on the Upper Valley each fall. Their presence and continued existence may be a boon to the local tourism economy, but it’s a problem for private landowners – especially the parks that feature in the most iconic images in Vermont, otherwise the land and the world.
Just ask the owners and neighbors of Jenne Farm in Reading and Sleepy Hollow Farm in Pomfret and you’ll get plenty of information on how to contend with the many photo-enthusiasts on country roads. and special events from late September until a week or two after Citizens’ Day each year. Hint: Currier and Ives aren’t the kind of person most people in rural Vermont feel every fall.
“For the leaves, it’s amazing this year, no question,” Chase Jenne, a sixth-generation farmer in Reading, said last week, referring to the bright palette of fall colors being painted. hills and valleys around his family’s home. last month. “For those coming in, it’s the busiest year we’ve seen. It’s good and bad — you have to take both at the same time,” opines the 39-year-old cattle farmer. and a maple syrup maker.
“Every year it gets more and more aggressive. Anyone who ignores the signs and thinks it’s a park is more of a public recreation area than a private farm. There are only so many signs you can eliminate, people forget.” Jenne explained that the signs she and her family members are posting around the farm are simply asking people to be respectful as they are visiting private property.
“No picnics, no drones, no procrastination – just take your pictures and move on, that sort of thing,” the Farmer News said. “I think there’s going to be some big changes next year. We just have to close the field and say don’t mess with it because it’s been run this year.
More than 2,000 photos of Jenne Farm during the season were posted on Instagram under a single hashtag when a viewer took to the photo-posting site last week. Dream Hollow Farm on Cloudland Road in North Pomfret, many observers consider Jenne Farm to be a lost place for foliage and fall photos in Vermont. Rapa belongs to the parent company Meta, formerly known as Facebook.
The annual crush of visitors to Sleepy Hollow, which also provides photographers with a variety of leaf colors to view each fall, has greatly impressed the Pomfret Selectboard and the Road Department, working with the Department Sheriff of Windsor County, imposed traffic restrictions and will patrol the rural, third-class road this fall.
Please see the November 3 edition of the Vermont Standard for full coverage