When he’s not racing stock cars at Thunder Road in Barre, Dwayne Lanphear can usually be found at L&L Farms, his 150-cow dairy in Morristown. Racing and farming are family affairs for Dwayne: his father, Joe, is a retired farmer and racecar driver who still helps out around the farm and track, and his son, Brandon, works on the farm full time and is an up-and-coming driver in his own right. Brandon is the family’s fourth generation on the farm.
Located near Stowe and the Village of Morrisville, with excellent views of the Worcester Range and Mount Mansfield, the Lanphear farm is in an area of high development pressure. Dwayne conserved 130 acres, which means that the land will remain undeveloped and available for generations of farmers to come. In addition to conserving over 100 acres of quality farm soils, the conservation promotes clean water along several tributaries of the Lamoille River. Native trees and shrubs will be maintained along the banks because vegetation reduces erosion and improves habitat for aquatic animals.