Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

Fairfield Farmer Conserves Fields and Donates Wetlands

As drivers enter Fairfield on scenic Route 36, Tim Branon’s hayfields provide a striking contrast to the nearby forested hills. Inspired by other farmers conserving land nearby, Tim decided to protect 160 acres of hayfields, pasture, forest, and wetlands. “Although I...
Organic Dairy Farmer Protects 1.5 Miles of the Rock River

Organic Dairy Farmer Protects 1.5 Miles of the Rock River

In 1997, Henry and Raymonde Choiniere conserved their dairy farm along the Rock River in Highgate with VLT. The land has 242 acres of excellent agricultural soils, plus 70 acres of woodland. These days their son, Guy, runs an organic, grass-fed dairy with his son,...
Ryegate Forest and Farmland Conserved

Ryegate Forest and Farmland Conserved

Jules Prown, a professor of art history at Yale University, and has done much of his scholarly writing on a property in Ryegate he has owned since 1972. The land was once a small hill farm used as a dairy, and Jules has continued to lease the meadow to farmers for...
Prime Farmland in Randolph Center to Remain Open

Prime Farmland in Randolph Center to Remain Open

Judith Parker’s land stretches from Route 66 to Water Street, parallel to East Bethel Road in the Randolph Center Historic District. Vermont Technical College uses this field of fine agricultural soil as pasture and cropland for their farm operation. For some time,...
Neighbors Work Together to Conserve Historic Farms in Newbury

Neighbors Work Together to Conserve Historic Farms in Newbury

When Newbury was settled by Europeans in the late 1700s, one of the first colonists to spend the winter in the area lived on the hills just east of Scotch Hollow, near what is now Jefferson Hill Road. After the turn of the century, the Randall family lived there,...