VLT Conserves Its First Farm in Vershire

VLT Conserves Its First Farm in Vershire

Liana and Niko Horster began Shire Beef in 2013 with three cows and 35 acres that they had just bought from Conrad Orr. The land had once been part of a 1,000-acre farm at the turn of the 18th century. “It’s special because it’s just about the only flat land in...
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...
Bear Roots Farm Expands to New Land in Williamstown

Bear Roots Farm Expands to New Land in Williamstown

Six years ago, Karin Bellemare and Jon Wagner started an organic vegetable farm from scratch on a farm in South Barre. The farm hadn’t been active for many years, the land wasn’t tilled, and there were no greenhouses or crop storage facilities. Now Bear Roots Farm is...
A Connected Landscape: The Clear Waters Initiative

A Connected Landscape: The Clear Waters Initiative

The eastern brook trout, greenish-brown, with yellow marbling and a pink belly, is prized by local anglers— so much so, that it is one of Vermont’s two state fish. Anglers and biologists alike consider the brook trout to be an indicator species, meaning a healthy...