Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

As drivers enter Fairfield on scenic Route 36, Tim Branon’s hayfields provide a striking contrast to the nearby forested hills. Inspired by other farmers conserving land nearby, Tim decided to protect 160 acres of hayfields, pasture, forest, and wetlands. “Although I...
Organic Dairy Farmer Protects 1.5 Miles of the Rock River

Organic Dairy Farmer Protects 1.5 Miles of the Rock River

In 1997, Henry and Raymonde Choiniere conserved their dairy farm along the Rock River in Highgate with VLT. The land has 242 acres of excellent agricultural soils, plus 70 acres of woodland. These days their son, Guy, runs an organic, grass-fed dairy with his son,...
Prime Farmland in Randolph Center to Remain Open

Prime Farmland in Randolph Center to Remain Open

Judith Parker’s land stretches from Route 66 to Water Street, parallel to East Bethel Road in the Randolph Center Historic District. Vermont Technical College uses this field of fine agricultural soil as pasture and cropland for their farm operation. For some time,...
The Changing Character of Vermont Dairy

The Changing Character of Vermont Dairy

Milk has been Vermont’s top selling agricultural product since 1900, when cows replaced sheep that had supplied wool for clothing. Over time, the economy and culture of dairy farming has continued to evolve…