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Protecting our Farms and Rivers

Andy Smith likes to say he’s been farming for 13 years, which some find confusing because Andy is 12 years old. “I was pregnant when I was driving the tractor,” explains Andy’s mother, Barbara Peaslee Smith, who with her husband, Matt, own 131 newly conserved acres of farmland along the Connecticut River in Maidstone.

It’s an area with some of the most fertile land in the state, and, Barbara says, an environment—for farming or just living—second to none.

“I’ve seen eagles while I was haying,” she says. “I’ve seen deer and coyote and beaver. Sometimes I’ll stop and go for a swim, then get back on the tractor. It’s a beautiful piece of property.” Read more.

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What's New with VLT

Walloomsac Headwaters

New Park and Natural Area in Bennington
After a huge community fundraising effort, conserved parkland is available for public recreation. Read more.

Walloomsac Headwaters

Double Your Impact
A generous offer from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation can match your gift. Learn more.

Occupy the Farm

Occupy the Farm: Screening and Discussion
Join us at 7 pm on April 2 at Merrill's Roxy Cinema in Burlington. Read more.


Conservation Will Help Keep Farms in the Family
The Rainvilles and the Barabes conserved their farms with VLT; their children plan to continue to farm the land. Read more.


Farmland and Wetlands Conserved in Guildhall
The Fay family was able to expand their dairy farm by conserving their land. Read more.

market sign

Help the Brattleboro Farmers' Market
Community members are working to secure a location for vending, access, and parking. Read more.

Weybridge Land Conserved
VLT worked with the Middlebury Area Land Trust to conserve 104 acres along Route 23. Read more.

corn field

Orleans County Farm Conserved
Fairmont Dairy, LLC has conserved nearly 300 acres of land in Craftsbury, Glover and Greensboro. Read more.


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