Conservation Helps Franklin Farm Expand

Conservation Helps Franklin Farm Expand

Riverview Farm has been in Michael and Denna Benjamin’s family since the 1940s. Located in Franklin on open land near the Canadian border, this well-run dairy is home to 550 Holsteins. In 2015, the Benjamins made many changes with an eye to the farm’s future. They...
Nearly 1,000 Acres Protected Alongside Groton State Forest

Nearly 1,000 Acres Protected Alongside Groton State Forest

The Groton State Forest is spread across eight towns and more than 26,000 acres. It’s loved by many for its feeling of wilderness and its inviting scenic beauty and many recreational opportunities. It also has important wildlife habitat. This winter, VLT worked...
A Calais Farm is Reborn

A Calais Farm is Reborn

Mike Betit began farming in 2002 in what he described as a “homestead gone awry.” “We raised some pigs, hens, broilers, turkeys, lambs, ducks, and geese,” he said. These were sold to co-ops and at farmers’ markets. Three years later, Mike quit his day job, taking a...
Land Along Kingsbury Branch in East Montpelier Conserved

Land Along Kingsbury Branch in East Montpelier Conserved

Lying on both sides of Route 14, just south of the North Montpelier Pond, are gently rolling open fields and woodlands that have been owned by Celina Moore for over four decades. The fields are used by a dairy farmer for hay, and the woods have been professionally...
A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest

A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest

A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest The top of Tucker Mountain in Newbury was cleared for pastures in 1810 and has remained open ever since. These grassy meadows have 360-degree views, abundant wildflowers, and excellent habitat for nesting...