Morgan Dairy Farm Has New Owners

Morgan Dairy Farm Has New Owners

Tina Durrance and Pete Decker ran an organic dairy with 60 milking cows in Barton for a decade, when they decided it was time to scale up. Through VLT’s Farmland Access Program, they found the property that suited their needs—a 571-acre farm in Morgan. The owners, Jim...
Former Armstrong Farm is Supporting a New Vegetable Business

Former Armstrong Farm is Supporting a New Vegetable Business

Ella Armstrong grew up on a 129-acre farm in Calais, where her family ran a small dairy until 2015. When she inherited the property, she knew she wanted it to remain a farm, as did her neighbors. She decided to work with VLT’s Farmland Access Program to conserve the...
Mighty Food Farm Puts Down Roots in Shaftsbury

Mighty Food Farm Puts Down Roots in Shaftsbury

At Mighty Food Farm, the term “community-supported agriculture” applies to far more than the weekly food share program many have become familiar with. Community support has come in many ways, most notably when the farm’s owner, Lisa MacDougall, wanted to buy land of...
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.