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...
Sisters Protect Large Forest in Newfane

Sisters Protect Large Forest in Newfane

Three sisters—Cay Stratton, Cary Stratton Boyd, and Laura Stratton—conserved 956 acres of forestland in Newfane. They spent their childhood summers on the property and are continuing that tradition with their family. “In 1941, our parents bought a broken-down...
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...
Family Lands Protected in Westminster

Family Lands Protected in Westminster

Burt and Lisa Nowers donated a conservation easement on 58 acres of forests, fields, and open wetland. The land was once part of a farm that was originally bought by Burt’s ancestors in 1778. The farm remained in the family until the 1940s. In 2013, Burt and Lisa...
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...