King Farm: Letting the Land Teach Us

King Farm: Letting the Land Teach Us

 By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Nineteen years ago, I drove up the hill to King Farm, in Woodstock, for my first day of work at VLT. I went past the sprawling white farmhouse and parked next to the main barn, its shingle siding aged to the color of dark...
Women at Work: Roles expand in farming and forestry

Women at Work: Roles expand in farming and forestry

It’s springtime after a long, snowy winter at Blue Ledge Farm in Leicester, and some of the roads in Addison County are flooded. A nearby farmer has bought the last spring doeling, but with roads underwater, she hadn’t been able to pick her up. Hannah Sessions,...
A Legacy of Dairy and Farmland Protection in Addison County

A Legacy of Dairy and Farmland Protection in Addison County

For four generations, the families of Stephanie and Seth Pope have farmed near the shore of Lake Champlain in central Addison County. “We grew up working beside our parents,” Stephanie says. “It’s in our blood and we love it.” The Popes run North Wind Acres dairy on...
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...