Ben and Dylan Palmer transition their farm to produce elk meat

Helping Farms Transition to the Next Generation in Sheldon and Fairfax

According to the USDA Census of Agriculture, Vermont lost more than 500 farm businesses between 2012 and 2017. Among the most daunting challenges many farmers will face is deciding how to pass the farm on. What happens to that land depends on each farmer’s transition plan. VLT strives to help farmers make sure their land […]

Justin Rich and Lindsay Lyman-Clarke of Burnt Rock Farm conserved farmland in Huntington.

Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington Expands

Justin Rich and Lindsay Lyman-Clarke of Burnt Rock Farm grow organic veggies in Huntington, and recently conserved farmland with VLT. “Buying and conserving this valuable farmland gives us more options for crop rotations and it allows us to manage our land better,” said Justin.

Stones Brook on the 63 acres of land conserved by New Garland in Fairfax

Fields, Forest, and Stream Protected in Fairfax

Making sure land along streams has native trees and plants helps keep the water clean and cool, which benefits fish and other species. This stream, a hemlock forest, and open overlooks in Fairfax are now conserved for healthy forests, clean water, and wildlife. Thanks to Newt Garland, who protected the land he’s taken care of for decades.

Peter Briggs worked with the VLT and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to protect land along 1.5 miles of Lewis Creek.

Conserving Land to Support Clean Water in Lewis Creek

This past fall, Peter Briggs worked with VLT and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to protect land along 1.5 miles of Lewis Creek in Starksboro. The creek is a priority for clean water initiatives because it flows into Lake Champlain. “No structures can be built along the banks,” explained VLT’s Bob Heiser, “and […]

Over four decades, Norma Norris's farm became the heart of Monkton's community. VLT helped Norma transition the land to young farmers.

A Farm at the Heart of its Community

In her 44 years of farming in Monkton, Norma Norris put her family farm at the heart of the community. She and her husband started out dairy farming in 1973. In ’95, they switched to what had been Norma’s sideline: delicious strawberries. They added veggies, more berries, and rechristened Norris Dairy Farm as Norris Berry […]