Shoreham’s “Pinnacle” Protected

Shoreham’s “Pinnacle” Protected

Bill and Lissy Heminway recently purchased 130 mostly forested acres next to their home in Shoreham. The seller wanted to find a buyer who would protect the land, and Bill and Lissy were just those people. The Heminways immediately began working with VLT to make sure...
Organic Dairy Farm Conserved in Georgia

Organic Dairy Farm Conserved in Georgia

In 1976, Ron and Carol Sweet started Bedrock Farm. In the early ‘90s, the farm paved the way for organic dairies by becoming one of the first certified organic operations in the state. Ron passed away in 2013; his son, Ron II, was born on the farm and now runs it....
Couple Returns to Farming through VLT’s Farmland Access Program

Couple Returns to Farming through VLT’s Farmland Access Program

Dana Burkewitz grew up on his family’s dairy in Irasburg, taking part in running the farm through his early adulthood. He later went on to operate a trucking and logging business, but he and his wife, Wendy, wanted to return to a farming life. They saw a window of...
A New Farm for Brault’s Market

A New Farm for Brault’s Market

Tony Brault runs a successful meat business, raising more than 100 cattle and 150 pigs each year. He has a slaughterhouse, and sells through wholesale accounts, and from his retail shop in Troy, where he smokes ham and makes beef jerky. But most of the 400 acres that...
Pawlet Farm Is Now Home to a New Business

Pawlet Farm Is Now Home to a New Business

In 1972 Tim and Nancy Bryant purchased Milaura Farm in Pawlet and ran it as a successful dairy for 40 years. As they were nearing retirement, they considered the options for the farm. New water quality regulations and the relatively small size of the farm made it a...