Family Farm in Monkton Conserved and Sold to New Farmer

Family Farm in Monkton Conserved and Sold to New Farmer

For more than 50 years, brothers Greg and Rob Cota have farmed their family’s land in Monkton. Their father bought the home farm in the early ‘50s. The land supported the family and their dairy business until 2011, when the cows were sold. But now, there are cows in...
Sweetland Farm in Norwich Grows their Business

Sweetland Farm in Norwich Grows their Business

In just five years, Norah Lake and Chris Polashenski of Sweetland Farm have built a thriving vegetable, livestock, and hay business. When they first moved to the land that they’d bought on Route 132 through VLT’s Farmland Access Program, Norah began an...
Braintree Mountain Forestland Restored and Reconnected

Braintree Mountain Forestland Restored and Reconnected

For Julie and Peter Parker, forest stewardship is a hands-on endeavor. They bought a farmhouse and 187 acres on the western slope of the Braintree Mountains in Granville in 1980. Over the next few decades, the Parkers purchased adjoining parcels that were heavily...
Family Conserves Land They’ve Farmed for 150 Years

Family Conserves Land They’ve Farmed for 150 Years

In 2017 the Whitcomb family celebrated 150 years of farming in the heart of Essex Junction. The Whitcombs raise about 500 Holsteins, 300 of which they milk at their Williston Farm. The Essex Junction land is used for crops and young cattle. They are often at the...
Pink Boot Farm Buys Their Own Land

Pink Boot Farm Buys Their Own Land

Mike and Hadley Stock have been raising pigs for years on a farm they’d been renting in West Pawlet. This year they were able to buy their 80 acres for their business, Pink Boot Farm. Their new land in Pawlet, previously owned by sisters Beth Moser-Duquette and Chris...