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...
Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area Expanded

Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area Expanded

The Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located on the Mount Tabor–Danby line directly west of the Green Mountain National Forest. With its flat fields, rocky foothills, cold-water creek, and associated wetlands, it has become a favorite spot for hunting,...
Family Conserves Farmland and Sugarbush in Newport Center

Family Conserves Farmland and Sugarbush in Newport Center

Carolyn and Howard “Tom” Collins grew up on adjacent farms in Newport. They were first neighbors, then friends, and then a couple, marrying in 1961. They now own both farms together. In planning for retirement, Carolyn and Tom decided to sell a conservation easement...
New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

Milkweed has long been considered a nuisance to farmers, since its sap is toxic to livestock. But now it is showing agrarian promise as a cash crop. The fine fibers that accompany the seeds, known as floss, have excellent insulative properties and can also be used to...
Hinesburg Farm Conserved and Sold to New Farmers

Hinesburg Farm Conserved and Sold to New Farmers

Organic dairy farmers Joe and Emily Donegan are thrilled to now own farmland in Joe’s hometown of Hinesburg. They were able to buy the 258-acre property because the O’Neil family conserved the land with VLT, which made it more affordable for Joe and Emily. The O’Neil...