Clark Hinsdale III has a history of helping young farmers afford land in Charlotte by conserving the land and then selling it at an affordable price. Both Adam’s Berry Farm and Stony Loam Farm were able to buy their land after working with Clark and the Vermont Land Trust.

This year, Clark made another farmer’s dreams come true when he conserved and then sold 101 acres in Charlotte to Dylan Preston, and his father, Ward Preston.

Dylan started working on local horse farms when he was in the sixth grade and began his own trucking business while still in high school. After graduating, he bought beef cattle and haying equipment. Including the land he leases, he now farms about 425 acres. “Now I have land close to where I store hay and a centralized place for equipment,” Dylan Preston told the Burlington Free Press after he bought the land. “I intend to take care of the land that I own and put nutrients back into the soil.”

Sam Smith, a business planner that works through the Vermont Farm and Forest Viability Program and the Intervale Center, helped Dylan with his business plan.

“This is a great outcome for this property,” said VLT’s Allen Karnatz, “Buying land here is extremely difficult for up-and-coming farmers; Clark is doing his part to keep the farming tradition alive in Charlotte.”

The property is almost all open, tillable land. Clark sold the conservation easement for less than full value and granted the town the right to make a public walking trail. Two acres along a small wetland and stream will be managed for good water quality.

Funded by VHCB (with matching funds from USDA NRCS), the Town of Charlotte and the Charlotte Land Trust. March 2017