Shaun Miller grew up across town from the family dairy where he eventually became the fourth generation to take over the farm he now owns with his wife, Debra Alberghini-Miller, a teacher. Throughout his early years, Shaun spent a lot of time on the farm though he did not necessarily plan to become the next in charge. “It wasn’t my intention really. It just kind of happened,” he admits. That said, he’s always loved being around animals. “I can’t imagine going a day without it. I find it rewarding to be able to do a good job.”
A few years ago, Shaun decided a big red barn wall was the perfect place to honor his herd and he commissioned local artist Jess Graham to design a mural. (Among other credits, Jess can claim the iconic graphics of Vermont’s famed Alchemist Brewery, known for its Heady Topper IPA.) The resulting painting features three curious bovine faces against a backdrop of grass and mountains. “It’s hard to make a living as an artist,” Shaun says, reflecting that farmers understand that challenge.