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Deep Roots: A Family Protects a Farm for Their Children

Deep Roots: A Family Protects a Farm for Their Children

Driving north through Pawlet, Vermont on Route 133, you come around a bend and there it is: a majestic white dairy barn surrounded by green fields that climb steadily west. The barn and fields have been in Diane Butler’s family for generations. Until recently, Diane...
Giant-Leaved Invasive Spotted in Woodstock

Giant-Leaved Invasive Spotted in Woodstock

Japanese Butterbur can grow leaves the size of a small child. Also known as Swamp Rhubarb and Giant Coltsfoot, Japanese butterbur can grow leaves to an impressive four feet in diameter. The huge leaves shade out other plants, leaving bare ground, which can lead to...
King Farm: Letting the Land Teach Us

King Farm: Letting the Land Teach Us

 By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Nineteen years ago, I drove up the hill to King Farm, in Woodstock, for my first day of work at VLT. I went past the sprawling white farmhouse and parked next to the main barn, its shingle siding aged to the color of dark...
The Old Tappers: On the Baird Farm in Chittenden

The Old Tappers: On the Baird Farm in Chittenden

Writing and photographs by David Middleton, member of VLT Board of Trustees — High up in a southward opening valley in the rolling hills around Chittenden, Bob and Bonnie Baird own and operate the 300-acre Baird Farm. Bob is the third generation of the Baird...