Good dirt can mean productive farms and a healthier environment. Farmers understand the benefits of improving their soil, but it often needs a long-term financial investment.
The Stowe area welcomed the conservation of the Valcour farm in Morristown and its sale to new farm owners, Jesse and Marelene Hursh. The 175-acre farm was conserved in mid-April by family members and sold to long-time farmers Jesse and Marlene Hursh, with assistance from the Vermont Land Trust and support from the Stowe Land Trust.
Since 2016 farmers and conservation organizations have protected 290 acres of land along the Upper Missisquoi River, which drains into Lake Champlain.
Ninety-seven acres along the Lemon Fair River have been protected for water quality and wildlife habitat, and 160 acres of adjacent farmland have been conserved by Monument Farms.
The Butlers joined with VLT to conserve land in Pawlet; their children are actively involved in caring for the animals and working the farm.