Choiniere Farm: Generations on the Land

Choiniere Farm: Generations on the Land

The farm fields in Highgate in far northwestern Vermont are wide, rolling, and open. The closer one gets to the Canadian border, the more the land flattens out. Driving north from Highgate Center, you pass a succession of dairy farms, each with its own strategy for...
Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Located on the outskirts of Fairfield Village, Branon Family Maple Orchards has become one of the larger maple sugar producers in the state. Since purchasing the dairy farm from his father 35 years ago, and faced with keeping up with a shifting dairy industry, Tom and...
Land Conserved Next to Addison County Field Days

Land Conserved Next to Addison County Field Days

Agricultural festivals, home days, and county fairs are beloved annual traditions that celebrate Vermont’s heritage and modern rural economy. The largest of them all is Addison County Field Days, held in New Haven. Just beyond the fairgrounds, to the west, lies a...
Morgan Dairy Farm Has New Owners

Morgan Dairy Farm Has New Owners

Tina Durrance and Pete Decker ran an organic dairy with 60 milking cows in Barton for a decade, when they decided it was time to scale up. Through VLT’s Farmland Access Program, they found the property that suited their needs—a 571-acre farm in Morgan. The owners, Jim...