close up of buck (fallow deer)

Largest Deer Farm in State Conserved

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.

Farm signs for pick your own apples at Douglas Orchard - the Douglas family conserved their orchard with the Vermont Land Trust

Family Conserves Land that’s Home to Popular Shoreham Orchard

From apples to donuts, cider, and more, the Douglas Orchard & Cider Mills on Route 74 has something for everyone. Open year round, the offerings from the Shoreham orchard follow the seasons: pick-your-own apples as well as fresh-pressed cider, cherries, and pears in the fall, and raspberries in the summer. Locals have been coming for […]

Curve in the Missisquoi River in Vermont

Caring for the Missisquoi River 

From its headwaters in Lowell, the Missisquoi River meanders through valleys, tumbles down gorges, and crosses the border into southern Quebec before flowing into Lake Champlain. The river is a priority in the state’s clean water initiatives. Sheldon wetland restored The northern boundary of Terry and Joan Magnan’s farm in Sheldon runs along the Missisquoi […]

Farmers and conservation staff standing in a farmyard with a silo and barn behind -- on Blii and Liz Orr's farm in Orwell.

Next Generation Taking on Orwell Farm

Bill and Liz Orr have farmed for decades and hope to pass the farm to their daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Brian Reed. Their 279-acre property became the 20th conserved farm in Orwell when they conserved the land with VLT, which will protect it from development. “Growing alfalfa is much better than growing houses,” remarked […]

aldo leopold quote "I know of no solitude so secure as one guarded by a spring flood."

Nature Journal: The Browns River in Jericho, Vermont

I always imagine the Browns River exhaling deeply when it reaches the valley behind my home in Jericho. After tumbling through a tight, rocky gorge and under one of the busiest state highways in Vermont, it relaxes and meanders across the valley bottom.