A Hardwick Tale of Goats, Garlic, and Conservation

A Hardwick Tale of Goats, Garlic, and Conservation

For generations, healers have relied upon garlic’s medicinal properties to cure infections, repel parasites, and enhance immunity. Similarly, goat’s milk has long been revered for its nutritious properties and easy digestibility. “They’re two of the most powerful...
Farm for Sale in Benson

Farm for Sale in Benson

The Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program has teamed up with the owners of the MacLaren Farm to find a new farmer to buy the land and run a commercial farm business. Our Farmland Access Program helps entrepreneurial farmers find affordable farms of their own....
Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Milkweed, long considered little more than a pesky intruder, could become a profitable crop for Vermont farmers. Research being led by University of Vermont plant agronomist Heather Darby suggests that the white, fluffy floss produced by the plant’s seed pods has...
VLT Conserves Its First Farm in Vershire

VLT Conserves Its First Farm in Vershire

Liana and Niko Horster began Shire Beef in 2013 with three cows and 35 acres that they had just bought from Conrad Orr. The land had once been part of a 1,000-acre farm at the turn of the 18th century. “It’s special because it’s just about the only flat land in...
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...