Ninety-seven acres along the Lemon Fair River have been protected for water quality and wildlife habitat, and 160 acres of adjacent farmland have been conserved by Monument Farms.
The Butlers joined with VLT to conserve land in Pawlet; their children are actively involved in caring for the animals and working the farm.
VLT’s COVID-19 relief grants helped farmers make changes that have a positive lasting effect on their businesses, thanks to generous donors.
VLT has raised $15 million to put 200 new farmers on the land over the next decade. As part of this effort, VLT is leasing land in Isle La Motte to Krista Scruggs for her farm business.
Experienced farmers Matthew Kurek and Maggie Wood are growing organic vegetables at Farm on the River, along the Connecticut River. They conserved the farm, protecting it for future farming and to improve water quality and habitat.