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...
New Farm Business to Revitalize Farmland in Calais

New Farm Business to Revitalize Farmland in Calais

Sam Ehrenfeld and Brooke Remmers were looking to buy farmland for many years. It took so long that they were on the verge of abandoning their dreams and going back to school for other careers. “We were about to call it a day,” recalled Brooke. Like many farmers...
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...