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...
Land Along Kingsbury Branch in East Montpelier Conserved

Land Along Kingsbury Branch in East Montpelier Conserved

Lying on both sides of Route 14, just south of the North Montpelier Pond, are gently rolling open fields and woodlands that have been owned by Celina Moore for over four decades. The fields are used by a dairy farmer for hay, and the woods have been professionally...
Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

The Bessettes were one of the first families in Franklin County to conserve a farm. Back in 1995, Don and Frances Bessette worked with VLT to protect their dairy in Highgate from development. Seven years later they conserved a second farm, and their sons, Scott and...
Farmer to Farmer: Six Generations on a Newport Farm

Farmer to Farmer: Six Generations on a Newport Farm

In the early 1800s, the Wright family moved from England to St. Johnsbury. In 1837, George Wright, one of nine sons, bought a large tract of land in Newport Town because it featured an overflowing spring. He built a cabin near it, and later, a barn and a house. Soon...