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,...
The Land that Brings Us Together

The Land that Brings Us Together

Last spring, Mad River Valley families received worrying news about their beloved Mad River Park. For 12 years, children learned to play soccer and lacrosse on this privately owned land, leased to the Town of Waitsfield. Now the 10-acre property was going up for sale....
Working Together: A Community Reimagines a Landmark Farm

Working Together: A Community Reimagines a Landmark Farm

Lake Memphremagog stretches north from Newport, rounding a forested point and reaching toward Canada. The view of the lake from downtown Newport City, enhanced by the undeveloped bluff just across the bay, is one of Newport’s most important scenic assets. The...
VLT and AmeriCorps: Hands-On Land Management

VLT and AmeriCorps: Hands-On Land Management

When Nate and Jessie Rogers bought their 133-acre farm on the Dog River in Berlin, they knew they were going to have river problems. Damage to the riverbanks delivered by 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene, coupled with the river’s twists and turns, has continually presented...