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...
Keeping Vermont’s Water Clean

Keeping Vermont’s Water Clean

When we invest in our water, we invest in our future. In this new video, Vermont Land Trust’s Tyler Miller and forester Charlie Hancock talk about why conservation and water quality go hand in hand. Learn how vegetated buffers on farms are important to river...
Family Conserves Farmland and Sugarbush in Newport Center

Family Conserves Farmland and Sugarbush in Newport Center

Carolyn and Howard “Tom” Collins grew up on adjacent farms in Newport. They were first neighbors, then friends, and then a couple, marrying in 1961. They now own both farms together. In planning for retirement, Carolyn and Tom decided to sell a conservation easement...
New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

Milkweed has long been considered a nuisance to farmers, since its sap is toxic to livestock. But now it is showing agrarian promise as a cash crop. The fine fibers that accompany the seeds, known as floss, have excellent insulative properties and can also be used to...