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Family Farm in Monkton Conserved and Sold to New Farmer

Family Farm in Monkton Conserved and Sold to New Farmer

For more than 50 years, brothers Greg and Rob Cota have farmed their family’s land in Monkton. Their father bought the home farm in the early ‘50s. The land supported the family and their dairy business until 2011, when the cows were sold. But now, there are cows in...

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Sweetland Farm in Norwich Grows their Business

Sweetland Farm in Norwich Grows their Business

In just five years, Norah Lake and Chris Polashenski of Sweetland Farm have built a thriving vegetable, livestock, and hay business. When they first moved to the land that they'd bought on Route 132 through VLT's Farmland Access Program, Norah began an informal...

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VLT and AmeriCorps: Hands-On Land Management

VLT and AmeriCorps: Hands-On Land Management

When Nate and Jessie Rogers bought their 133-acre farm on the Dog River in Berlin, they knew they were going to have river problems. Damage to the riverbanks delivered by 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene, coupled with the river’s twists and turns, has continually presented...

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VLT
Facts
570,000+
Total acres
protected
700
Farms using
conserved land
400,000
Acres of
forestland
120
Recreation
spots
60
Miles
Catamount Trail
450
Miles
VAST Trail
2,300+
Properties
protected