Former Andrews Family Forestland Becomes New Richmond Town Forest

Former Andrews Family Forestland Becomes New Richmond Town Forest

Located on Route 2 near the Monitor Barns, Richmond’s new 428-acre town forest is a mile from the village center. The property has long been in the Andrews family as part of Gray Rocks Farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the past...
Family-Owned Sugarbush Conserved on Georgia Mountain

Family-Owned Sugarbush Conserved on Georgia Mountain

Jim and Janet Harrison of Georgia Mountain Maples donated a conservation easement on 632 acres of forestland on the eastern side of Georgia Mountain, a prominent landmark in northern Chittenden and southern Franklin counties. The Harrison family produces organic maple...
Small Dairy Conserved in Whiting

Small Dairy Conserved in Whiting

Steve Pratt didn’t grow up farming, but had always wanted to milk cows. For a time, he rented his cousin’s farm as he built up his milking herd to 25 Jerseys and bought equipment. In 1989, when a farm in Whiting came up for auction, he and his sister, Susan Pratt,...
Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

As drivers enter Fairfield on scenic Route 36, Tim Branon’s hayfields provide a striking contrast to the nearby forested hills. Inspired by other farmers conserving land nearby, Tim decided to protect 160 acres of hayfields, pasture, forest, and wetlands. “Although I...
Organic Dairy Farmer Protects 1.5 Miles of the Rock River

Organic Dairy Farmer Protects 1.5 Miles of the Rock River

In 1997, Henry and Raymonde Choiniere conserved their dairy farm along the Rock River in Highgate with VLT. The land has 242 acres of excellent agricultural soils, plus 70 acres of woodland. These days their son, Guy, runs an organic, grass-fed dairy with his son,...