VLT Conserves Its First Farm in Vershire

VLT Conserves Its First Farm in Vershire

Liana and Niko Horster began Shire Beef in 2013 with three cows and 35 acres that they had just bought from Conrad Orr. The land had once been part of a 1,000-acre farm at the turn of the 18th century. “It’s special because it’s just about the only flat land in...
Learning on the Land: Connecting a New Generation to Conserved Land

Learning on the Land: Connecting a New Generation to Conserved Land

Morning chores start at 7:30 at the Farms for City Kids program at Spring Brook Farm in Reading. The kids on “team 3” from East Harlem’s Central Park East 2 elementary school clump in the corner of a barn while herd manager Sarah Lewis shows them how to unclip a cow...
Bear Roots Farm Expands to New Land in Williamstown

Bear Roots Farm Expands to New Land in Williamstown

Six years ago, Karin Bellemare and Jon Wagner started an organic vegetable farm from scratch on a farm in South Barre. The farm hadn’t been active for many years, the land wasn’t tilled, and there were no greenhouses or crop storage facilities. Now Bear Roots Farm is...
2018 Hunting Lottery Announced for Bluffside Farm in Newport

2018 Hunting Lottery Announced for Bluffside Farm in Newport

This is the third year that there will be a hunting lottery on the VLT-owned Bluffside Farm. Applications are due September 28. We plan to issue permission for deer hunting at Bluffside during three periods: October 20-November 2: last two weeks of the archery season,...
Exit 4 Farmland Conserved and Sold to Ayers Brook Goat Dairy

Exit 4 Farmland Conserved and Sold to Ayers Brook Goat Dairy

Randolph—Miles Hooper, farm manager and co-owner of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy in Randolph, is the new owner of 150 acres of scenic farmland near the Exit 4 interchange of I-89. Miles was able to buy the land—once the subject of a large development proposal—at its...