New Farms Take Root in Vermont

New Farms Take Root in Vermont

Celebrating 100 Farmland Access Projects Jon Wagner and Karin Bellemare were operating a CSA on rented land on Long Island and feeling a little boxed in. There were the challenges of farming in a place without many farms. “We had some chicken tractors going in a field...
Historic Rockingham Farm Stays in the Family

Historic Rockingham Farm Stays in the Family

The Stickney Farm lies along both sides of Pleasant Valley Road in Rockingham. It has been in the Stickney family since 1897, when they began supplying the Bellows Falls area with maple syrup and butter. Richard Stickney returned to the farm in the 1950s, after...
Dairy Protects Farmland in South Hero

Dairy Protects Farmland in South Hero

The scenic Lake Champlain Islands stretch 30 miles south of the Canadian border. This summer, Tom Bellavance of Sunset Lake Farm conserved 53 acres of open and forested land on the southern-most island, South Hero. The cropland on the property will be used to grow...
Productive Farmland Conserved in St. Albans

Productive Farmland Conserved in St. Albans

Up in Franklin County, St. Albans and Swanton have some of the best farmland in Vermont. It’s also an area with high development pressure. Fortunately, landowners and conservationists have been working together for decades to protect this valuable resource. The two...
Strafford Village Farm and Almanack Farm Take Root in Orange County

Strafford Village Farm and Almanack Farm Take Root in Orange County

For many new farmers, launching a business is like putting together a puzzle. To complete the picture, each puzzle piece must be in the correct place at the correct time. Financing, property, market demand, business planning, and even conservation, are just a few of...