The Old Tappers: On the Baird Farm in Chittenden

The Old Tappers: On the Baird Farm in Chittenden

Writing and photographs by David Middleton, member of VLT Board of Trustees — High up in a southward opening valley in the rolling hills around Chittenden, Bob and Bonnie Baird own and operate the 300-acre Baird Farm. Bob is the third generation of the Baird...
Chester Farm Conserved and Sold to Local Family

Chester Farm Conserved and Sold to Local Family

Donald and Helen Farrar purchased farmland on Flamstead Road in Chester in the late 1940s. They ran Crow Hill Farm as a dairy with a herd of registered Jerseys and added more land over the years. Later, their sons, Alan and Michael, kept beef cows there. After their...
Organic Farm Realizes Conservation Mission in Danville

Organic Farm Realizes Conservation Mission in Danville

Vince Foy and Deb Yonker have farmed in the hills of Caledonia County for more than 30 years. Originally an organic dairy, today Lewis Creek Jerseys produces certified organic dry hay, haylage, and grass-fed Angus beef, as well as non-organic lamb and pork. They sell...
Livewater Farm Transfers to the Next Generation

Livewater Farm Transfers to the Next Generation

Bill and Miriam Acquaviva have operated Livewater Farm in Westminster for over two decades. Their organic farm has rolling fields, a small sugarbush, and a year-round farmstand. In 1998, VLT helped Bill and Miriam buy additional acreage and expand their farm to 51...