Mad River Park Will Stay Public

Mad River Park Will Stay Public

For the past 12 years, school children of the Mad River Valley have learned to play soccer and lacrosse at Mad River Park, a privately owned property that was leased to the Town of Waitsfield. When the owners of the field decided they wanted to sell the 10-acre...
Waitsfield Buys Gateway to Scrag Town Forest

Waitsfield Buys Gateway to Scrag Town Forest

Back in 1991, the Scrag Forest Corporation donated forestland along the ridge of Scrag Mountain to the Town of Waitsfield, which conserved the forest with VLT to guarantee that the land would remain undeveloped and open to the public. Over the years, the Scrag Town...
Cover Cropping is Becoming More Common on Vermont Farms

Cover Cropping is Becoming More Common on Vermont Farms

As with many Vermont farms, growing feed for Fairmont Farm’s 2,800 Holsteins isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it process. Richard Hall of Fairmont Farm plants 1,550 acres of corn each year. The land is in Craftsbury and East Montpelier, where the growing season is short,...
Farmland Access Program Pioneers Share Their Stories of Growth

Farmland Access Program Pioneers Share Their Stories of Growth

Our Farmland Access Program connects farmers with land where they can start or expand a business. Through the sale of conservation easements that limit development and protect environmental features, the program lowers the cost of farms and finds ways to help farmers afford them. We ensure easements are upheld, but otherwise farms tell their own stories upon the land—stories that inevitably change both the farm and the farmer. Farmers from three farms share their stories: Elmer Farm in Middlebury, Northeast Vine Supply in Pawlet, and Kingsbury Market Garden in Warren.