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From Conservation to Activation: Aligning our past, present, and future

Vermont Land Trust has been at the leading edge of land conservation for 44 years, and we continue to grow today. Join us for a panel discussion about the arc of VLT’s evolution and the changing meaning of land conservation.


Darby Bradley, Former President, Vermont Land Trust

Darby Bradley was instrumental to the creation of the Vermont Land Trust. He joined VLT founder Rick Carbin back when VLT was called the Ottauquechee Regional Land Trust. He later succeeded Rick as president, a position he held for 25 years. His wish to not only protect the land, but also the livelihoods of those who make their living from the land guided his work and the work of VLT. During his tenure, over half a million acres of productive farm and forestland were protected.

Jessica Witscher, owner, Understory Farm in Bridport

Jessie Wistcher and her husband Gregory started their farming careers in Northern Arizona but moved to the Northeast in search of farmland with a more secure source of water. For eight years they leased land for their flower business, Understory Farm. In 2021 they were finally able to purchase their own land in Bridport, VT, through VLT’s Farmland Futures program.

Melody Walker, educator, activist, artist and member of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe

Melody Walker, a member of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, is an educator, activist, and artist. She has taught at Champlain College, Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University), and Northern Virginia Community College, and given numerous guest lectures and programs to students in K–12 and collegiate levels as well as general audiences. She practices a variety of traditional arts. She lives in Barre, Vermont.


Other Celebration Events Happening in October:

October 2, Jeffersonville (Cambridge) The Farms and Trails of Brewster Uplands Go to event.

October 9 in Brattleboro: “When it is October” | Abenaki history and story at Wantastegok EVENT FULL

October 16 in Barnard: Meet an Old Forest EVENT FULL


Please contact Abby White with questions and accommodation requests.

The Vermont Land Trust welcomes and affirms all regardless of their age, culture, abilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.