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Exploring New Ways to Farm

Driving on Stage Road from the village of Barnard into the town’s wooded recesses is like entering a storyland. The trees close in around the winding dirt roads, the valley narrows, and the vista occasionally opens to reveal scenic hillside farms. There’s a lulling timelessness to this place.

But time actually did catch up with Barnard by the late 1900s, its traditional family farms succumbing to an economy no longer friendly to small dairies. Its residents concerned, Barnard held a “community visioning” about the town’s future.

“We needed to figure out what people thought was important,” says Tom Platner, a founding member of the conservation commission that emerged from that process. “A priority was to protect the remaining farms that we have, with the Clark Farm at the top.” Read more.

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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.


Come Ski and Snowshoe in Bolton
Join us on March 7 for ski tours and apres ski at Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry. Read more.

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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.

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


VLT Purchases 5,600 Acres
The purchase of forestland in Worcester and Elmore has sparked an extensive effort to conserve more than 19,000 acres in the area. Read more.

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Middlebury College’s Historic Bread Loaf Campus to Be Conserved
2,100 acres in the Green Mountains will be protected. Read more.


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