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...
New Farm Business to Revitalize Farmland in Calais

New Farm Business to Revitalize Farmland in Calais

Sam Ehrenfeld and Brooke Remmers were looking to buy farmland for many years. It took so long that they were on the verge of abandoning their dreams and going back to school for other careers. “We were about to call it a day,” recalled Brooke. Like many farmers...
Conservation Helps Farm Transition in Barton

Conservation Helps Farm Transition in Barton

Tina Durrance and Pete Decker started an organic dairy in Barton 10 years ago. As their business began to outgrow their farm, they decided to scale-up by working with VLT’s Farmland Access Program to buy a 570-acre conserved farm in Morgan that was being sold by...
Bear Roots Farm Expands to New Land in Williamstown

Bear Roots Farm Expands to New Land in Williamstown

Six years ago, Karin Bellemare and Jon Wagner started an organic vegetable farm from scratch on a farm in South Barre. The farm hadn’t been active for many years, the land wasn’t tilled, and there were no greenhouses or crop storage facilities. Now Bear Roots Farm is...
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.