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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


Sweet Rowen Farmstead Buys Land
Farmer Paul Lisai was able to buy and conserve  land for his milk and cheese business.  Read more.

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We Did It!
The fundraising goal for the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market has been met!  Read more.

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Keeping Forests Unfragmented
A report was presented to the legislature about the fragmentation of Vermont’s forests how to protect their integrity. Read more.


Land Gift Benefits Public and Wildlife
David Mayhew generously donated his land in Cabot to enhance recreation and protect wetland habitat. Read more.

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.


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.


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