Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Milkweed, long considered little more than a pesky intruder, could become a profitable crop for Vermont farmers. Research being led by University of Vermont plant agronomist Heather Darby suggests that the white, fluffy floss produced by the plant’s seed pods has...
New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

Milkweed has long been considered a nuisance to farmers, since its sap is toxic to livestock. But now it is showing agrarian promise as a cash crop. The fine fibers that accompany the seeds, known as floss, have excellent insulative properties and can also be used to...
Hinesburg Farm Conserved and Sold to New Farmers

Hinesburg Farm Conserved and Sold to New Farmers

Organic dairy farmers Joe and Emily Donegan are thrilled to now own farmland in Joe’s hometown of Hinesburg. They were able to buy the 258-acre property because the O’Neil family conserved the land with VLT, which made it more affordable for Joe and Emily. The O’Neil...
Choiniere Farm: Generations on the Land

Choiniere Farm: Generations on the Land

The farm fields in Highgate in far northwestern Vermont are wide, rolling, and open. The closer one gets to the Canadian border, the more the land flattens out. Driving north from Highgate Center, you pass a succession of dairy farms, each with its own strategy for...
Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Located on the outskirts of Fairfield Village, Branon Family Maple Orchards has become one of the larger maple sugar producers in the state. Since purchasing the dairy farm from his father 35 years ago, and faced with keeping up with a shifting dairy industry, Tom and...