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...
Managing forests with carbon in mind

Managing forests with carbon in mind

Vermont’s forests are full of significance. They are spaces for work, play, and reflection; they reward careful stewardship with food for our tables, wood for building and heating our homes, and in spring, sweet maple syrup. 

Sometimes harder to see, but no less real, are benefits like clean water and air, connected habitat, and protection from increasingly severe storms.

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...
Sweet Tradition

Sweet Tradition

With our rich tradition of sugaring and an abundance of sugar maples, Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States despite its small size. The alchemy of turning watery tree sap into sweet, sticky sugar predates colonial settlement and is still...
VLT and AmeriCorps: Hands-On Land Management

VLT and AmeriCorps: Hands-On Land Management

When Nate and Jessie Rogers bought their 133-acre farm on the Dog River in Berlin, they knew they were going to have river problems. Damage to the riverbanks delivered by 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene, coupled with the river’s twists and turns, has continually presented...