Conservation Helps Farm Transition in Barton

Conservation Helps Farm Transition in Barton

Tina Durrance and Pete Decker started an organic dairy in Barton 10 years ago. As their business began to outgrow their farm, they decided to scale-up by working with VLT’s Farmland Access Program to buy a 570-acre conserved farm in Morgan that was being sold by...
A Hardwick Tale of Goats, Garlic, and Conservation

A Hardwick Tale of Goats, Garlic, and Conservation

For generations, healers have relied upon garlic’s medicinal properties to cure infections, repel parasites, and enhance immunity. Similarly, goat’s milk has long been revered for its nutritious properties and easy digestibility. “They’re two of the most powerful...
Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Milkweed, long considered little more than a pesky intruder, could become a profitable crop for Vermont farmers. Research being led by University of Vermont plant agronomist Heather Darby suggests that the white, fluffy floss produced by the plant’s seed pods has...
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...
Vermont Land Trust Donates Land for Recreation Project

Vermont Land Trust Donates Land for Recreation Project

If you’ve recently driven between Worcester and Elmore on Route 12, you may have noticed a pull-off marked by a flag, near a large rock. That pull-off leads to the North Branch Cascades, well loved by locals, featuring seven cascading waterfalls and natural swimming...