Part of the Solution: Dairy Farmers Talk About Clean Water

Part of the Solution: Dairy Farmers Talk About Clean Water

Clara Ayer (pictured above) is back at work after being home with her now two-month-old twins. As she walks through the barn, on the land where she grew up in East Montpelier, co-workers welcome her. The herdsman who works the barn’s “maternity ward” (himself a dad of...
Caring for the Missisquoi River 

Caring for the Missisquoi River 

From its headwaters in Lowell, the Missisquoi River meanders through valleys, tumbles down gorges, and crosses the border into southern Quebec before flowing into Lake Champlain. The river is a priority in the state’s clean water initiatives. Sheldon wetland restored...
A Haven for Wildlife in Award-Winning Derby Woodlands

A Haven for Wildlife in Award-Winning Derby Woodlands

In 1973, Kathleen and Allen Yale bought a parcel with open and wooded land and made it their home. They’ve since transformed it—rehabilitating areas that had previously been clear-cut, controlling invasive species, and managing for both timber and wildlife. Allen has...
Next Generation Taking on Orwell Farm

Next Generation Taking on Orwell Farm

Bill and Liz Orr have farmed for decades and hope to pass the farm to their daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Brian Reed. Their 279-acre property became the 20th conserved farm in Orwell when they conserved the land with VLT, which will protect it from development....