A Calais Farm is Reborn

A Calais Farm is Reborn

Mike Betit began farming in 2002 in what he described as a “homestead gone awry.” “We raised some pigs, hens, broilers, turkeys, lambs, ducks, and geese,” he said. These were sold to co-ops and at farmers’ markets. Three years later, Mike quit his day job, taking a...
A New Town Forest for Richmond

A New Town Forest for Richmond

The town of Richmond now has a 428-acre town forest where people can recreate and wildlife can thrive. The land was long part of the Andrews family’s Gray Rocks Farm. When the four Andrews siblings wanted to sell most of the land, they decided to work with VLT. One...
Farmer to Farmer: Six Generations on a Newport Farm

Farmer to Farmer: Six Generations on a Newport Farm

In the early 1800s, the Wright family moved from England to St. Johnsbury. In 1837, George Wright, one of nine sons, bought a large tract of land in Newport Town because it featured an overflowing spring. He built a cabin near it, and later, a barn and a house. Soon...
A Connected Landscape: The Clear Waters Initiative

A Connected Landscape: The Clear Waters Initiative

The eastern brook trout, greenish-brown, with yellow marbling and a pink belly, is prized by local anglers— so much so, that it is one of Vermont’s two state fish. Anglers and biologists alike consider the brook trout to be an indicator species, meaning a healthy...