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...
Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

The Bessettes were one of the first families in Franklin County to conserve a farm. Back in 1995, Don and Frances Bessette worked with VLT to protect their dairy in Highgate from development. Seven years later they conserved a second farm, and their sons, Scott and...
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...
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...