Help a farming community thrive
Six farmers and food producers in Shelburne and South Burlington have formed an innovative partnership to collectively own and operate farmland in Vermont’s fastest growing region.
Members of the Agrihood Collective: Bread & Butter Farm, Blank Page Cafe, Chrysalis Landworks, Common Roots’ Farms, Fisher Brothers Farm, Sisters of Anarchy, and Killeen Crossroads Farm are working with us to raise $460,000 to buy 360 acres of land. The land will be used for farming, agroforestry, wetland conservation, ecological restoration, and recreation over 17 miles of trails.
Aside from the farmland, the collective seeks to buy an additional 16 acres to support farm infrastructure, food preparation, a market, classroom space, and housing that farmers can afford.
Don't let farmland disappear
Development pressures in this part of Vermont are intense! Without conservation — and financially viable farms — this land could be lost forever. Through a $460,000 fundraising campaign, members of the Agrihood Collective aim to purchase portions of the former Auclair Farm to graze livestock, grow fruits and vegetables, and harvest maple syrup.
Help them realize their vision of a nutritious local food economy, operating in harmony with the environment.
Prepare for a changing climate
All ‘Agrihood’ farmers use regenerative farming practices, such as rotational grazing, drip irrigation, or low/no tilling that increases organic matter in the soil and stores more carbon. These practices benefit the plants, reduce carbon in our atmosphere, and help farms withstand droughts and floods. Soil rich in nutrients retain moisture and require less irrigation, helping to improve the health of our rivers and lakes. The downside to regenerative farming is that it costs most. Farmers using these practices need our support!
Learn more about Regenerative Farming
Sustain farms close to where people live
Your donation will directly help these farmers grow our economy in harmony with the environment, feed and nourish our communities, and help us withstand the impacts of climate change — all within Vermont’s most densely populated region.
You can conveniently donate online. If you prefer to donate by mail, please make your check payable to “Vermont Land Trust” with “Agrihood Collective” in the memo line and mail to:
Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Ave
Montpelier, VT 05602
Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.