Marc and Tiffany Marquis conserved their home farm on Route 100 in Newport Town, where they have 120 cows whose organic milk they ship to Organic Valley. This is the second property the couple has conserved with VLT. In total they have protected 246 acres from development. This fertile and productive land will remain available to future generations of farmers.
“Land is a huge expense for farmers,” said Tiffany. “With the help of conservation funding, we have been able to knock down some of our land payment obligations and at the same time, we are very pleased to be a part of conserving Vermont’s agricultural lands.”
The farm has 90 acres of certified organic pasture and hayfields. As part of the conservation project, land along the streambanks of a Missisquoi River tributary will not be used for farming in order to protect wildlife habitat and water quality.
Funded by VHCB and a Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant awarded to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation by the USDA NRCS. (November 2017)