Dan and Shelley Howrigan, organic dairy farmers, conserved 141 acres of farmland near Fairfield village. They’re using the fields for hay and pasture, and rejuvenating a sugarbush in the woods.
Biking Vermont roads is a great way to experience the beauty of our state and appreciate our agricultural heritage. Staff member and biking enthusiast, Al Karnatz, has been conserving farms in the Champlain Valley for over 20 years. We asked Al to pull together some of his favorite bike routes so that you can get outside and see some amazing conserved land!
As part of our expanding focus on land restoration, we have been taking on more tree plantings in these river buffer areas. The COVID pandemic has meant we’ve needed to scale back this year, but we’ve managed some successes!
Hank Dimuzio didn’t follow a typical path to become a farmer. For over 20 years he built up what is now the largest deer farm in the state while working as an emergency room physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center. In 2016, he retired from the hospital to pursue farming full time.
Weybridge residents worked closely with VLT, the town, and the former owner to protect farmland in the center of town. After several years of effort, the land was conserved and sold to Four Hills farm, a large dairy operation based in Bristol.