Cornwall—Cheryl and Marc Cesario, farmers of Meeting Place Pastures, purchased 90 acres from their neighbor, Matt Bonner, who had conserved the land with the Vermont Land Trust in order to make it more affordable to the Cesarios.
Cheryl and Marc moved to Cornwall in 2009 when they purchased their first property, also conserved with the Vermont Land Trust, to start their family business. Before that, Cheryl and Marc had been farming in separate locations, Cheryl on a dairy in South Hero, and Marc with livestock in Massachusetts.
Woodstock and Pomfret – This month, the Vermont Land Trust sold the 112-acre Gilbert’s Hill property along Route 12 to new owners Mary Margaret Sloan and Howard Krum. The land is now permanently protected for public recreation, historic preservation, and natural and scenic resources.
The hill was the site of the first ski tow in America, which was powered by a Model T Ford engine in January of 1934. It is still a popular destination for hikers and backcountry skiers. Each year, sixth graders at Prosper Valley School trek across the land to mark their graduation to middle school.
For immediate release: July 25, 2016
Brownington—After years of leasing land in the Northeast Kingdom while establishing an organic dairy operation, Adam and Heather Moulton bought a farm of their own through the Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program.
The couple has strong roots in the region: Heather is originally from Derby and Adam from East Charleston. For years, they had searched for a farm that would give their family and business long-term stability. “The Northeast Kingdom is where we want to be, we grew up here and all of our family is here,” explained Heather.
For immediate release: July 11, 2016
Woodstock — During her lifetime, Barbara Kaufman—a talented artist known for her sculptures—decided to conserve 187 acres with the Vermont Land Trust through her will. After her passing in September 2015, her vision of protecting the land was achieved when it was formally conserved this June.
For immediate release: July 6, 2016
Berlin—The Dog River runs through Rogers Farmstead, where owners Nate and Jessie Rogers improved its riverbanks by partnering with conservation organizations and volunteers. They worked with the Vermont Land Trust, US Fish and Wildlife, the Mad River chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Friends of the Winooski River to create a protected, wooded area along the river.
For immediate release: June 30, 2016
Newport and Troy -- Two family dairies—one large and one small—worked with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve farmland in Newport and Troy. In both cases, selling conservation restrictions helped to offset the expense of recently purchased farmland. The projects were funded in part through a new federal program aimed at protecting the Lake Champlain watershed.
For immediate release: June 27, 2016
Bakersfield -- The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy sold 2,080 acres of forestland in Bakersfield. This is the first parcel to sell since the two groups announced they would be selling forestland held jointly as the Atlas Timberlands Partnership. The land was permanently conserved at the time of the sale.
For immediate release: June 21, 2016
Waitsfield -- Thanks to a large grant just awarded by the United States Forest Service (USFS) Community Forest Program, the Town of Waitsfield has a one-time opportunity to enhance its Scrag Town Forest by buying an important adjacent parcel and permanently conserving it in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust. This 110-acre parcel, owned by Howard and Judy Saffan at the end of Bowen Road, is critical for improving public access and other important community values of the Scrag Forest.
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