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...
Learning on the Land: Connecting a New Generation to Conserved Land

Learning on the Land: Connecting a New Generation to Conserved Land

Morning chores start at 7:30 at the Farms for City Kids program at Spring Brook Farm in Reading. The kids on “team 3” from East Harlem’s Central Park East 2 elementary school clump in the corner of a barn while herd manager Sarah Lewis shows them how to unclip a cow...
Vermont Land Trust Donates Land for Recreation Project

Vermont Land Trust Donates Land for Recreation Project

If you’ve recently driven between Worcester and Elmore on Route 12, you may have noticed a pull-off marked by a flag, near a large rock. That pull-off leads to the North Branch Cascades, well loved by locals, featuring seven cascading waterfalls and natural swimming...
Sisters Protect Large Forest in Newfane

Sisters Protect Large Forest in Newfane

Three sisters—Cay Stratton, Cary Stratton Boyd, and Laura Stratton—conserved 956 acres of forestland in Newfane. They spent their childhood summers on the property and are continuing that tradition with their family. “In 1941, our parents bought a broken-down...
Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — You know what’s great about the conserved Retreat Farm in Brattleboro? Just about everything. Sure, it is over 450 acres of conserved forestland, farmland, and water—right in the heart of the seventh largest town in Vermont....