Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Located on the outskirts of Fairfield Village, Branon Family Maple Orchards has become one of the larger maple sugar producers in the state. Since purchasing the dairy farm from his father 35 years ago, and faced with keeping up with a shifting dairy industry, Tom and...
Sweet Tradition

Sweet Tradition

With our rich tradition of sugaring and an abundance of sugar maples, Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States despite its small size. The alchemy of turning watery tree sap into sweet, sticky sugar predates colonial settlement and is still...
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Vermont

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Vermont

The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect from Asia, has been found in Orange Plainfield, Groton, and Barre, Vermont. We are saddened by this news, since ash trees are important to Vermont’s forests, towns, and riversides, and comprise 5% of the trees in our...
VLT and AmeriCorps: Hands-On Land Management

VLT and AmeriCorps: Hands-On Land Management

When Nate and Jessie Rogers bought their 133-acre farm on the Dog River in Berlin, they knew they were going to have river problems. Damage to the riverbanks delivered by 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene, coupled with the river’s twists and turns, has continually presented...