Dreams Come True on Monkton Berry Farm

Dreams Come True on Monkton Berry Farm

Sarah and Stephen Park met while working at Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro. They later went on to start a taco truck business together. “Self-employment was really important to us,” explained Sarah. “If we’re talking about dreams—we wanted to farm. I just fell in love...
A New Town Forest for Richmond

A New Town Forest for Richmond

The town of Richmond now has a 428-acre town forest where people can recreate and wildlife can thrive. The land was long part of the Andrews family’s Gray Rocks Farm. When the four Andrews siblings wanted to sell most of the land, they decided to work with VLT. One...
Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

The Bessettes were one of the first families in Franklin County to conserve a farm. Back in 1995, Don and Frances Bessette worked with VLT to protect their dairy in Highgate from development. Seven years later they conserved a second farm, and their sons, Scott and...
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...
Learning on the Land: Connecting a New Generation to Conserved Land

Learning on the Land: Connecting a New Generation to Conserved Land

Morning chores start at 7:30 at the Farms for City Kids program at Spring Brook Farm in Reading. The kids on “team 3” from East Harlem’s Central Park East 2 elementary school clump in the corner of a barn while herd manager Sarah Lewis shows them how to unclip a cow...