Saving Bat Habitat

Saving Bat Habitat

When an owner of conserved forestland recently conserved some neighboring land, we saw an opportunity to protect bat habitat in an old mine shaft located deep within his forest. The old mine is a prime hibernation area, or hibernaculum, for bats. According to Vermont...
Cover Cropping is Becoming More Common on Vermont Farms

Cover Cropping is Becoming More Common on Vermont Farms

As with many Vermont farms, growing feed for Fairmont Farm’s 2,800 Holsteins isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it process. Richard Hall of Fairmont Farm plants 1,550 acres of corn each year. The land is in Craftsbury and East Montpelier, where the growing season is short,...
The Changing Character of Vermont Dairy

The Changing Character of Vermont Dairy

Milk has been Vermont’s top selling agricultural product since 1900, when cows replaced sheep that had supplied wool for clothing. Over time, the economy and culture of dairy farming has continued to evolve…

The Lady’s Slipper

The Lady’s Slipper

From Forest to Facebook
It was one of those days that I had to remind myself I was actually working. As I motored along the dirt roads of the upper Ompompanoosuc River valley, glimpses of faraway hills flickered through the trees in early June sunshine…