David is a sugarmaker and forester. He is founder of Butternut Mountain Farm, a family enterprise focused on production, processing and marketing maple products from its own farm and hundreds of others. The 125 employee business provides diverse maple products to all market sectors of the food industry. In addition, forestry consulting services are provided to several hundred clients with combined ownership of nearly 100,000 acres. David currently serves as a board member of Shelburne Farms, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and the International Maple Syrup Institute. He has a lifelong interest in historic preservation fostered during his childhood in a 1730’s house his father moved to Vermont from Connecticut. His nursery school pal Paul Bruhn was a frequent visitor and helpful companion in numerous antics. David and his wife Lucy reside in Hyde Park nearby to their their two grown children: Emma and Ira who are engaged in the family business.