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...
Family-Owned Sugarbush Conserved on Georgia Mountain

Family-Owned Sugarbush Conserved on Georgia Mountain

Jim and Janet Harrison of Georgia Mountain Maples donated a conservation easement on 632 acres of forestland on the eastern side of Georgia Mountain, a prominent landmark in northern Chittenden and southern Franklin counties. The Harrison family produces organic maple...
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...
Ryegate Forest and Farmland Conserved

Ryegate Forest and Farmland Conserved

Jules Prown, a professor of art history at Yale University, and has done much of his scholarly writing on a property in Ryegate he has owned since 1972. The land was once a small hill farm used as a dairy, and Jules has continued to lease the meadow to farmers for...
Large Forest Parcel in Belvidere Sold to Barred Woods LLC

Large Forest Parcel in Belvidere Sold to Barred Woods LLC

Barred Woods, LLC, a partnership of Vermont-based friends who share a commitment to sound forest stewardship and public access, purchased 450 acres in Belvidere from VLT and The Nature Conservancy. The two conservation organizations had owned and sustainably managed...