Hosley Hill Farm Takes Root in Danby and Mt. Tabor

Hosley Hill Farm Takes Root in Danby and Mt. Tabor

When Lucy Burch was tasked with settling her parents’ estate in Danby and Mt. Tabor, she struggled with selling their farm. It is a gorgeous 170-acre property, with sweeping views down the Vermont Valley and a historic house and bank barn. Lucy, a long-time farmer and...
Chester Farm Conserved and Sold to Local Family

Chester Farm Conserved and Sold to Local Family

Donald and Helen Farrar purchased farmland on Flamstead Road in Chester in the late 1940s. They ran Crow Hill Farm as a dairy with a herd of registered Jerseys and added more land over the years. Later, their sons, Alan and Michael, kept beef cows there. After their...
A Calais Farm is Reborn

A Calais Farm is Reborn

Mike Betit began farming in 2002 in what he described as a “homestead gone awry.” “We raised some pigs, hens, broilers, turkeys, lambs, ducks, and geese,” he said. These were sold to co-ops and at farmers’ markets. Three years later, Mike quit his day job, taking a...
Farmland Access Program Pioneers Share Their Stories of Growth

Farmland Access Program Pioneers Share Their Stories of Growth

Our Farmland Access Program connects farmers with land where they can start or expand a business. Through the sale of conservation easements that limit development and protect environmental features, the program lowers the cost of farms and finds ways to help farmers afford them. We ensure easements are upheld, but otherwise farms tell their own stories upon the land—stories that inevitably change both the farm and the farmer. Farmers from three farms share their stories: Elmer Farm in Middlebury, Northeast Vine Supply in Pawlet, and Kingsbury Market Garden in Warren.