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...
Pawlet Farm Home to New Pork Business

Pawlet Farm Home to New Pork Business

In 1972 Tim and Nancy Bryant purchased Milaura Farm in Pawlet and ran it as a successful dairy for 40 years. As they were nearing retirement, they considered the options for the farm. New water quality regulations and the relatively small size of the farm made it a...
My Vermont: A Garden in Springfield

My Vermont: A Garden in Springfield

Terri J. Huck, Springfield VT
Three years ago, my husband and I traded the sweltering heat and commotion of the Washington, DC suburbs for a five-acre homestead on the outskirts of Springfield…

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.