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...
Small Dairy Conserved in Whiting

Small Dairy Conserved in Whiting

Steve Pratt didn’t grow up farming, but had always wanted to milk cows. For a time, he rented his cousin’s farm as he built up his milking herd to 25 Jerseys and bought equipment. In 1989, when a farm in Whiting came up for auction, he and his sister, Susan Pratt,...
Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

As drivers enter Fairfield on scenic Route 36, Tim Branon’s hayfields provide a striking contrast to the nearby forested hills. Inspired by other farmers conserving land nearby, Tim decided to protect 160 acres of hayfields, pasture, forest, and wetlands. “Although I...
Organic Dairy Farmer Protects 1.5 Miles of the Rock River

Organic Dairy Farmer Protects 1.5 Miles of the Rock River

In 1997, Henry and Raymonde Choiniere conserved their dairy farm along the Rock River in Highgate with VLT. The land has 242 acres of excellent agricultural soils, plus 70 acres of woodland. These days their son, Guy, runs an organic, grass-fed dairy with his son,...
The Land that Brings Us Together

The Land that Brings Us Together

Last spring, Mad River Valley families received worrying news about their beloved Mad River Park. For 12 years, children learned to play soccer and lacrosse on this privately owned land, leased to the Town of Waitsfield. Now the 10-acre property was going up for sale....