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Taking Root: Farmland Access Pioneers Share Their Stories of Growth

Blackwell Family in Middlebury

Story by Will Lindner

For a creative, enterprising farmer, an acre of land presents opportunities, whether to improve its yield or to respond to diverse demand for local food products. VLT’s Farmland Access Program is a creative enterprise as well. Since 2004, it has connected farmers with land where they can start or expand a business.

Farmers then must use their own expertise to create successful businesses. VLT ensures easements are upheld, but otherwise farms tell their own stories upon the land—stories that inevitably change both the farm and the farmer...read more.

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Many businesses that depend on conserved land receive essential support form the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. One of those businesses, Maple Wind Farm, is featured in the video below. Working Lands grants have helped expand and improve the food and timber economy across Vermont...watch to learn more!



What's New with VLT

Lake Seymour Farm

Farm for Sale in Morgan
The 571-acre Lake Seymour Farm is for sale in three parcels through VLT's Farmland Access Program. Learn more.

Cesario family

Family Beef Business Doubles Acreage
Cheryl and Marc Cesario of Meeting Place Pastures purchased 90 conserved acres from their neighbor. Read more.

View of Willoughby Gap

NEK Dairy Family Buys Farm
Adam and Heather Moulton bought the former Perry farm in Brownington through VLT's Farmland Access Program. Read more.

Bagley Farmstead

Granville Farm for Sale
The Bagley Farm along Route 100 is for sale through VLT's Farmland Access Program. Read more.


Artist Leaves Conservation Legacy
Barbara Kaufman of Woodstock expressed her love of the land by conserving 187 acres through her will. Read more.

Tree planting

Section of Dog River Protected
Rogers Farmstead worked with many conservation organizations to further protect the Dog River's floodplain. Read more.


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