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...
Land Conserved Next to Addison County Field Days

Land Conserved Next to Addison County Field Days

Agricultural festivals, home days, and county fairs are beloved annual traditions that celebrate Vermont’s heritage and modern rural economy. The largest of them all is Addison County Field Days, held in New Haven. Just beyond the fairgrounds, to the west, lies a...
Former Andrews Family Forestland Becomes New Richmond Town Forest

Former Andrews Family Forestland Becomes New Richmond Town Forest

Located on Route 2 near the Monitor Barns, Richmond’s new 428-acre town forest is a mile from the village center. The property has long been in the Andrews family as part of Gray Rocks Farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the past...
Family-Owned Sugarbush Conserved on Georgia Mountain

Family-Owned Sugarbush Conserved on Georgia Mountain

Jim and Janet Harrison of Georgia Mountain Maples donated a conservation easement on 632 acres of forestland on the eastern side of Georgia Mountain, a prominent landmark in northern Chittenden and southern Franklin counties. The Harrison family produces organic maple...
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,...