Dreams Come True on Monkton Berry Farm

Dreams Come True on Monkton Berry Farm

Sarah and Stephen Park met while working at Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro. They later went on to start a taco truck business together. “Self-employment was really important to us,” explained Sarah. “If we’re talking about dreams—we wanted to farm. I just fell in love...
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...