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Small Dairy Conserved in Whiting

Small Dairy Conserved in Whiting

Steve Pratt didn’t grow up farming, but had always wanted to milk cows. For a time, he rented his cousin’s farm as he built up his milking herd to 25 Jerseys and bought equipment. In 1989, when a farm in Whiting came up for auction, he and his sister, Susan Pratt,...

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Sweet Tradition

Sweet Tradition

With our rich tradition of sugaring and an abundance of sugar maples, Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States despite its small size. The alchemy of turning watery tree sap into sweet, sticky sugar predates colonial settlement and is still...

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Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

As drivers enter Fairfield on scenic Route 36, Tim Branon’s hayfields provide a striking contrast to the nearby forested hills. Inspired by other farmers conserving land nearby, Tim decided to protect 160 acres of hayfields, pasture, forest, and wetlands. “Although I...

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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