View of Camel's Hump from Andrews Forestland

Help Protect Crow Hill Farm

An immediate opportunity to protect this farm and help a growing farm business expand

Right now, we have the rare opportunity to protect a Chester farm. Crow Hill Farm on Flamstead Road has been a fixture for 68 years. Many people have fond memories of its operation under Donald and Helen Farrar and their family.

In July 2016, the Vermont Land Trust used a bridge loan to buy the farm from the estate of Donald Farrar. This was a necessary step to ensure that the land would continue to be used as a farm and protected from further development.

We were able to find excellent farmers to buy the land — Greg and Tara Gomo. They have farmed in the area since 2000 and currently run Snow Top Farm.

Greg and Tara are leasing the farm now and will buy it subject to a conservation easement once we are able to pay back the loan and cover conservation costs. The conservation easement will ensure the long-term protection of Crow Hill Farm from development as well as its availability to future farmers.

We hope you will help!

girl with pig

Conservation of Crow Hill Farm will:

  • Support a farm business that makes good use of the land and produces food for the community.
  • Permanently protect productive farmland and woodland.
  • Conserve a scenic and historic landscape.
  • Ensure the land will always remain available to farmers.

If we are successful, the Gomo family will expand their business to include:

  • beef, pork, and poultry that is humanely-raised and pasture-fed
  • vegetables and eggs
  • an on-farm store
  • educational and community activities

 

Gomo family in front of barn

Join Us to Conserve this Farm!

The total cost of conserving the 263-acre farm is $611,000. So far, we have secured nearly 96% of this. The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service will provide $491,000. Close to $95,000 has also been allocated from private sources and internal funds.

We must raise the remaining $25,000 by August 15, 2018.

How to donate

Please consider a tax-deductible gift today. Donate online now. Or, mail your gift to the Vermont Land Trust with Crow Hill Farm in the memo line to:

Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Ave.
Montpelier, VT 05602

To learn more or make a pledge, contact us:

Joan Weir at (802) 246-1501

Elise Annes (802) 262-1206

Thank you!!!

Photos courtesy of Abbe Rowlee

 

 

To learn more, contact:

Joan Weir (802) 246-1501
Elise Annes (802) 262-1206

Let's keep in touch

VLT
Facts
593,000+
Total acres
protected
720+
Farms using
conserved land
420,000
Acres of
forestland
170
Recreation
spots
60
Miles
Catamount Trail
460
Miles
VAST Trail
2,500+
Properties
protected