A Calais Farm is Reborn

A Calais Farm is Reborn

Mike Betit began farming in 2002 in what he described as a “homestead gone awry.” “We raised some pigs, hens, broilers, turkeys, lambs, ducks, and geese,” he said. These were sold to co-ops and at farmers’ markets. Three years later, Mike quit his day job, taking a...
Land Along Kingsbury Branch in East Montpelier Conserved

Land Along Kingsbury Branch in East Montpelier Conserved

Lying on both sides of Route 14, just south of the North Montpelier Pond, are gently rolling open fields and woodlands that have been owned by Celina Moore for over four decades. The fields are used by a dairy farmer for hay, and the woods have been professionally...
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...
Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Back in May I was taking my cameras for a walk on 90 acres of conserved land on the shore of South Pond in Marlboro. When I stuck my head through the thicket of speckled alders on the pond edge, I was surprised to see two loons...
Vermont Land Trust Donates Land for Recreation Project

Vermont Land Trust Donates Land for Recreation Project

If you’ve recently driven between Worcester and Elmore on Route 12, you may have noticed a pull-off marked by a flag, near a large rock. That pull-off leads to the North Branch Cascades, well loved by locals, featuring seven cascading waterfalls and natural swimming...