Rooted in Community

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Our four flagship properties are places where we’re working with communities to enhance learning on the land, access to the outdoors, and economic opportunity.

 

Bluffside Farm, Newport

We completed construction of a mile-long recreation path connecting downtown Newport with existing trails. A filled-in wetland on the edge of Lake Memphremagog has been excavated and restored, and invasive plants are being removed. We’ve established community gardens, and hosted both a Three Sisters Garden with the Nulhegan Abenaki and a Community Health Care Share garden with Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. And, students and teachers from local schools made great use of the land for outdoor education!” — VLT’s Tracy Zschau

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King Farm, Woodstock

“The community gardens, managed by Sustainable Woodstock, were busy this summer. The farm’s caretakers continue to raise goats, laying hens, and cattle, and manage haying by a local farmer. We love that the trails, scenic views, and sculptures installed as part of Sculpturefest, are enjoyed by so many. Our experimental forest deer fence is in its second year, and we continue to care for the land, especially wooded areas along wetlands and Prosper Brook for clean water.” — VLT’s Donna Foster

 

Pine Island Community Farm, Colchester

“Working with the New American community is an incredible learning opportunity for us. We are engaging more deeply with the community’s needs and the challenges that arise. Last year, because of the pandemic, people were losing jobs and facing rising food insecurity. The community garden plots are used by 75 New American families and, working with partners, we provided 20+ chest freezers so gardeners can store their harvests through the winter. We’re also helping the farm businesses and improving infrastructure.” — VLT’s Ben Waterman

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Brewster Uplands, Jeffersonville

At the nonprofit West Farm, we retrofitted a dairy barn to provide year-round storage for area farmers, sourced and packed 50,000+ pounds of local vegetables for the Famers to Families program, grew 12,000+ pounds of carrots for schools and hospitals, and delivered vegetables to over 15 schools. We produced CSA shares for the Abenaki Food Shelf in Swanton. And we partnered with Healthy Roots Collaborative to grow potatoes for food shelves and culturally significant foods for migrant farm workers. Plus, recreation trails were open and busy all year!” — VLT’s Ben Waterman

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Photos by Caleb Kenna. An earlier version of this story appeared in our 2020-21 Year in Review.