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1 st Generation: Harold Dresser began the tradition of family farming on our land with his
heifer boarding operation.
2 nd Generation: Pauline Dresser and her husband, Lloyd “Pat” Patterson, established the
Four Town Acres dairy farm. At its peak, Four Town Acres milked 120 holstein cows. Pat
was a major advocate for local farming families as the president of Cabot Creamery. He
traveled the country for many years aiming to improve the dairy industry.
3 rd Generation: Roy Patterson and his wife, Brenda, continued the dairy farm while raising
their own family.
4 th Generation: Dayna Patterson married Mike Boudreau, and together they brainstormed
other ways to ensure that the farm stayed family- and agriculture-oriented. In 1999, Mike
and Dayna started a little 5 acre corn maze. They grew the Great Vermont Corn Maze into a
24 acre attraction that is renowned as the largest corn maze in New England and
frequented by travelers from around the country and globe.
With Pat and Polly, Roy and Brenda, and Mike and Dayna all living and working on the land,
the farm was productive and busy. However, after many market crashes, Roy and Brenda
decided that the price of milk was becoming too volatile and sold their dairy herd in
February of 2015. Many neighboring farms did the same, and the landscape of Vermont’s
agriculture changed drastically.
5 th Generation: Jake Boudreau was graduating from high school intending on taking over
his grandparent’s dairy in 2015 when they sold the herd. Jake decided to look into other
options, and after months of research, he discovered a distinct breed of cattle that he
believed could make a difference for the next generation of farming. By July of 2015, the
farm welcomed its first two Australian Lowline Angus cows (known in the US as American
Aberdeens), and Four Town Lowlines was born. Jake spent 3 years at the University of
Vermont tailoring his education to benefit his new beef business. He graduated with a B.S.
in Animal Science and a greater understanding of community
development/entrepreneurship, pasture management, nutrition, and animal biology. He
also met his fiancé, Ali Attenasio, in UVM’s animal science program. Ali is now enrolled at Cornell University studying Veterinary Medicine intending on returning to Vermont to practice in the area.
Over the last few years, we have been converting corn fields to productive grass/pasture
lands to feed the growing herd of lowlines and improve the sustainability of our practices.
Three generations of our family still call this farm their home and work tirelessly to ensure
its longevity. Agriculture is deeply rooted in our family, and we are promoting the kind of
agriculture that we believe in-- good for the consumer, the animals, and the environment.