Working Together for Clean Water

Working Together for Clean Water

Cliffords have been farming in Starksboro since the family first arrived from Scotland in 1790. “What history has told us,” says eighth-generation farmer Eric Clifford, pointing east from his kitchen window, “is because Mr. John Deere hadn’t invented the steel plow...
Dairy Protects Farmland in South Hero

Dairy Protects Farmland in South Hero

The scenic Lake Champlain Islands stretch 30 miles south of the Canadian border. This summer, Tom Bellavance of Sunset Lake Farm conserved 53 acres of open and forested land on the southern-most island, South Hero. The cropland on the property will be used to grow...
Productive Farmland Conserved in St. Albans

Productive Farmland Conserved in St. Albans

Up in Franklin County, St. Albans and Swanton have some of the best farmland in Vermont. It’s also an area with high development pressure. Fortunately, landowners and conservationists have been working together for decades to protect this valuable resource. The two...
Eighth-Generation Farm on Lewis Creek in Starksboro Conserved

Eighth-Generation Farm on Lewis Creek in Starksboro Conserved

Lewis Creek begins on the western flanks of the Green Mountains and winds its way westward for 30 miles through Addison County to join Lake Champlain. The creek is a priority for clean water initiatives, and farmers who have land near or along the creek are essential...
Vern-Mont Farm Conserves Second Parcel in Vernon

Vern-Mont Farm Conserves Second Parcel in Vernon

In 1871, Jeff Dunklee’s great-great-grandfather bought land to farm on the far-southern border of Vermont. With its proximity to the Connecticut River, the rich loamy soils held the promise of supporting generations of farmers to come. Today, Jeff and his family are...