Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

The Bessettes were one of the first families in Franklin County to conserve a farm. Back in 1995, Don and Frances Bessette worked with VLT to protect their dairy in Highgate from development. Seven years later they conserved a second farm, and their sons, Scott...
A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest

A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest

A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest The top of Tucker Mountain in Newbury was cleared for pastures in 1810 and has remained open ever since. These grassy meadows have 360-degree views, abundant wildflowers, and excellent habitat for nesting...
Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Back in May I was taking my cameras for a walk on 90 acres of conserved land on the shore of South Pond in Marlboro. When I stuck my head through the thicket of speckled alders on the pond edge, I was surprised to see two loons...
A Hardwick Tale of Goats, Garlic, and Conservation

A Hardwick Tale of Goats, Garlic, and Conservation

For generations, healers have relied upon garlic’s medicinal properties to cure infections, repel parasites, and enhance immunity. Similarly, goat’s milk has long been revered for its nutritious properties and easy digestibility. “They’re two of the most powerful...