News: VLT, VYCC, and ShiftMeals, a program that provides healthy food to people affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis, are working together on a 1-acre garden at Bluffside Farm in Newport to increase food production and food access in the NEK.
Thirty-four farms across the state received a combined total of $73,000 this month through VLT’s new program for farmers affected by COVID-19 and the associated economic downturn.
Each year, VLT recognizes outstanding high school juniors and seniors who are dedicated to agriculture and forestry. This year nine students across the state, from Woodstock to Montgomery, each received a Land Stewards Award, along with a check for $250.
Greensboro-area residents who love farm-fresh food have something to celebrate with the revival of a local farm. By conserving the farmland with the Vermont Land Trust, Brenden and Lindsay Beer were able to buy the former Hazendale Farm and have revived the popular farmstand on Hardwick Street.
Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts of LedgEnd Farm worked with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve 132 acres of their deer farm on Munger Street. Theirs is the largest deer farm in the state with over 400 animals. Hank didn’t follow a typical path to become a farmer. For over 20 years he built up his deer farm business while working as an emergency room physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center. In 2016, he retired from the hospital to pursue farming full time.