Morning chores start at 7:30 at the Farms for City Kids program at Spring Brook Farm in Reading. The kids on “team 3” from East Harlem’s Central Park East 2 elementary school clump in the corner of a barn while herd manager Sarah Lewis shows them how to unclip a cow from her stall. At […]
The farm fields in Highgate in far northwestern Vermont are wide, rolling, and open. The closer one gets to the Canadian border, the more the land flattens out. Driving north from Highgate Center, you pass a succession of dairy farms, each with its own strategy for economic survival, each dealing with change in its own […]
Marshmallow Cliff, Scotch Rock, and the Ice Palace: Landowners share their stories about places special to them
Deep in Granville’s Northfield Mountains sits a granite boulder, a glacial erratic deposited far from its origin on the Canadian Shield at the end of Vermont’s last ice age. Over millennia, the barren postglacial landscape around this house-sized rock became tundra and then hardwood forest; maples and oaks cast their shade on it as the […]
Our Farmland Access Program connects farmers with land where they can start or expand a business. Through the sale of conservation easements that limit development and protect environmental features, the program lowers the cost of farms and finds ways to help farmers afford them. We ensure easements are upheld, but otherwise farms tell their own stories upon the land—stories that inevitably change both the farm and the farmer. Farmers from three farms share their stories: Elmer Farm in Middlebury, Northeast Vine Supply in Pawlet, and Kingsbury Market Garden in Warren.