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!
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
Join Us to Conserve this Farm!
The total cost of conserving the 263-acre farm is $611,000. So far, we have secured nearly 85% of this. The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service will provide $491,000. Close to $25,000 has also been allocated from private sources and internal funds.
We must raise the remaining $95,000 by May 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
Photos courtesy of Abbe Rowlee