than 44 percent of American teenagers who want summer jobs aren’t finding them,
or aren’t getting as many hours as they’d like. In Vermont, the unemployment rate among 16-19 year olds is
nearly four times the overall state average.
For the Countryman family in Northfield, one peony, given as a gift 20 years ago, started a love affair that
turned their farm into a destination for visitors from around the world. Now, the challenge of keeping up the fields of peonies, and the family’s legacy, has fallen to one man.