Please Join Us in Protecting a Beloved Monkton Farm
Bringing a New Business to a Landmark Farm
The Norris family purchased a farm on Davis Road in 1973 and started a dairy. After 10 years, they diversified the business, eventually building a very successful fruit and vegetable operation.
Norma Norris ran the business through 2016; the Town Report honored her that year for her hard work, good citizenship, and business sense.
When it was time to retire, Norma contacted the Vermont Land Trust. She wanted to make sure the land would continue to be farmed and remain undeveloped.
The Town of Monkton, Vermont Land Trust, and Sarah and Stephen Park (pictured below) are permanently protecting this landmark farm from development, and revitalizing it with a new business.
We hope you will join us in supporting Monkton’s rural economy.
Full Belly Farm to Continue Norris Farm Legacy
Through a competitive process, farmers Stephen and Sarah Park were selected to buy the farm. They have 12 years of farming experience between them. They moved their business, Full Belly Farm, to the land in 2017, when they began renting the farm from the Vermont Land Trust.
The Parks continued Norma’s core business of producing berries and vegetables for the wholesale market and pick-your-own sales. In the long run, they intend to transition to organic practices, hold on-farm events, and open a farm store featuring products from their farm and others.
Join us in the conservation of Full Belly Farm and support Monkton’s farming heritage
VLT used internal revolving funds to help Stephen and Sarah buy and conserve the farm in August 2018. In order for VLT to help other farmers who want to buy farmland, we must bridge the funding gap created by the protection of the Norris Farm.
The cost of conserving the 108-acre farm is $516,350. We are over 90% of the way there. The conservation easement sale helped offset the cost of the farm for the Parks, and ensures that the land will not be developed and will always be available to future generations of farmers.
The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provided $416,350. The Monkton Agricultural and Natural Areas Fund contributed $60,000, and private donors gave an additional $15,000.
We have just $25,000 to go. We hope to raise this amount by December 15, 2018.
Please consider a tax-deductible gift to protect this community treasure
PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY!
- Donate online and select ‘Norris/Full Belly Farm’ from the drop-down menu
- Send a check with ‘Norris Farm’ in the memo line to Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602