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Vermont Land Trust

Affordable Farmland Through the Vermont Land Trust

Our Farmland Access Program helps farmers gain access to land they can afford. We use a variety of approaches to help farmers, including:

  • buying conservation easements on farms, which offsets the cost and makes land more affordable to a new farmer
  • connecting farmers to available conserved farms
  • buying farmland and temporarily leasing it to a farmer while we help them move into ownership.
  • using our skills in farm transitions to help owners of previously conserved farms find a new farmer to buy the land, while also working with the new farmer on affordably options.

We work one-on-one with farmers to help them achieve their goals. In the past 15 years, we helped more than 100 farmers buy their first farm or expand a growing operation.

Who does this work at VLT?

People from across the organization work on Our Farmland Access Program, from our field-based staff to our legal staff. We also work with partners such as the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Farm and Forest Viability Program, Intervale Center, NOFA-VT, and others.

Who can access our services?

Our services are available to farmers who meet the following criteria

  • At least three years of farming experience, ideally in a management position on a farm or as a business owner
  • The desire to have a commercial farm business
  • A focus on the production of food, medicine, and fiber on at least 20 acres of land.

How Can I Get Started?

Please sign-up to join our Farmland Access email list. This is how we share new opportunities.

If you have a specific property in mind that you would like to discuss, please reach out to Maggie Donin, Farmland Access Program Director at maggie@vlt.org

Are there any farms for sale now?

Check out our property for sale page to see if there are any offerings. You can also search for farms at Vermont Land Link and New England Farmland Finder.

 

 

Contact Us

Contact Maggie Donin, Farmland Access Program Director

 

 

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VLT
Facts
593,000+
Total acres
protected
720+
Farms using
conserved land
420,000
Acres of
forestland
170
Recreation
spots
60
Miles
Catamount Trail
460
Miles
VAST Trail
2,500+
Properties
protected
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