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...
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....
Couple Returns to Farming through VLT’s Farmland Access Program

Couple Returns to Farming through VLT’s Farmland Access Program

Dana Burkewitz grew up on his family’s dairy in Irasburg, taking part in running the farm through his early adulthood. He later went on to operate a trucking and logging business, but he and his wife, Wendy, wanted to return to a farming life. They saw a window of...
Lussier Farm Expands, as Daughter Continues Farming the Land

Lussier Farm Expands, as Daughter Continues Farming the Land

Alison Lussier, 23-year-old daughter of Paul and Kari Lussier, was five when her family conserved their farm in Benson. Starting the dairy came with challenges, but Alison remembers her childhood as the best years of her life. Alison was barely aware that her family’s...
Organic Dairy Farm and Section of White River Protected in Tunbridge

Organic Dairy Farm and Section of White River Protected in Tunbridge

Tunbridge—Dairy farmers Corey and Ann Chapman have a cheerful household motto: “kids and cows.” Though the saying is simple enough, life is very busy for the Chapmans as they go about managing five kids and 115 cows at their organic dairy farm along the First Branch...