The forested mountains that make Waterbury and Stowe attractive to Vermonters and tourists are home to many wide-ranging animals such as bear, moose, and bobcat. These animals need to travel over large areas as part of their natural life cycle, but crossing through this busy area is a challenge. That’s why an effort to protect […]
Lake Memphremagog stretches north from Newport, rounding a forested point and reaching toward Canada. The view of the lake from downtown Newport City, enhanced by the undeveloped bluff just across the bay, is one of Newport’s most important scenic assets. The undeveloped point is occupied by Bluffside Farm, 129 acres of open fields and forest […]
In the Vermont Land Trust’s early years, conserving a single farm felt like a major accomplishment. But in the following decades, VLT’s farmland conservation program has gotten a lot bigger, more sophisticated, and has had more far-reaching results. Since it was founded in 1977, the land trust has conserved 976 parcels of farmland totaling almost […]
As with many Vermont farms, growing feed for Fairmont Farm’s 2,800 Holsteins isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it process. Richard Hall of Fairmont Farm plants 1,550 acres of corn each year. The land is in Craftsbury and East Montpelier, where the growing season is short, soil type varies, and much of the sloped topography is highly erodible. But […]
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.