New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

Milkweed has long been considered a nuisance to farmers, since its sap is toxic to livestock. But now it is showing agrarian promise as a cash crop. The fine fibers that accompany the seeds, known as floss, have excellent insulative properties and can also be used to...
Hinesburg Farm Conserved and Sold to New Farmers

Hinesburg Farm Conserved and Sold to New Farmers

Organic dairy farmers Joe and Emily Donegan are thrilled to now own farmland in Joe’s hometown of Hinesburg. They were able to buy the 258-acre property because the O’Neil family conserved the land with VLT, which made it more affordable for Joe and Emily. The O’Neil...
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...