Family Conserves Farmland and Sugarbush in Newport Center

Family Conserves Farmland and Sugarbush in Newport Center

Carolyn and Howard “Tom” Collins grew up on adjacent farms in Newport. They were first neighbors, then friends, and then a couple, marrying in 1961. They now own both farms together. In planning for retirement, Carolyn and Tom decided to sell a conservation easement...
New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

Milkweed has long been considered a nuisance to farmers, since its sap is toxic to livestock. But now it is showing agrarian promise as a cash crop. The fine fibers that accompany the seeds, known as floss, have excellent insulative properties and can also be used to...
Hinesburg Farm Conserved and Sold to New Farmers

Hinesburg Farm Conserved and Sold to New Farmers

Organic dairy farmers Joe and Emily Donegan are thrilled to now own farmland in Joe’s hometown of Hinesburg. They were able to buy the 258-acre property because the O’Neil family conserved the land with VLT, which made it more affordable for Joe and Emily. The O’Neil...
Westford Gathers to Celebrate the Maple Shade Town Forest

Westford Gathers to Celebrate the Maple Shade Town Forest

This June, the Westford community had the grand opening of the Maple Shade Forest. Residents and friends gathered to cut the ribbon, take their first walk on the land, and celebrate the protection of scenic stretch of farmland, forestland, and stone walls of the...
Generous Gift of Beloved Family Forestland

Generous Gift of Beloved Family Forestland

We are grateful for the generous gift of land made to VLT by Elizabeth Wolf, who donated 62 acres of forestland in Washington. The property has a small fen, a stream, and a rich northern hardwood stand. Though an old foundation and well suggest that the land was once...