New Town Forest in Westford

New Town Forest in Westford

The Westford community came together with the Vermont Land Trust to protect a treasured piece of land known locally as the Jackson Farm and Forest. The centrally located property is well-loved for its forest and stone-wall-lined farmland that stretches between the...
Family Farm in Monkton Conserved and Sold to New Farmer

Family Farm in Monkton Conserved and Sold to New Farmer

For more than 50 years, brothers Greg and Rob Cota have farmed their family’s land in Monkton. Their father bought the home farm in the early ‘50s. The land supported the family and their dairy business until 2011, when the cows were sold. But now, there are cows in...
Family Conserves Land They’ve Farmed for 150 Years

Family Conserves Land They’ve Farmed for 150 Years

In 2017 the Whitcomb family celebrated 150 years of farming in the heart of Essex Junction. The Whitcombs raise about 500 Holsteins, 300 of which they milk at their Williston Farm. The Essex Junction land is used for crops and young cattle. They are often at the...
Shoreham’s “Pinnacle” Protected

Shoreham’s “Pinnacle” Protected

Bill and Lissy Heminway recently purchased 130 mostly forested acres next to their home in Shoreham. The seller wanted to find a buyer who would protect the land, and Bill and Lissy were just those people. The Heminways immediately began working with VLT to make sure...
Organic Dairy Farm Conserved in Georgia

Organic Dairy Farm Conserved in Georgia

In 1976, Ron and Carol Sweet started Bedrock Farm. In the early ‘90s, the farm paved the way for organic dairies by becoming one of the first certified organic operations in the state. Ron passed away in 2013; his son, Ron II, was born on the farm and now runs it....