The Old Tappers: On the Baird Farm in Chittenden

The Old Tappers: On the Baird Farm in Chittenden

Writing and photographs by David Middleton, member of VLT Board of Trustees — High up in a southward opening valley in the rolling hills around Chittenden, Bob and Bonnie Baird own and operate the 300-acre Baird Farm. Bob is the third generation of the Baird...
Chester Farm Conserved and Sold to Local Family

Chester Farm Conserved and Sold to Local Family

Donald and Helen Farrar purchased farmland on Flamstead Road in Chester in the late 1940s. They ran Crow Hill Farm as a dairy with a herd of registered Jerseys and added more land over the years. Later, their sons, Alan and Michael, kept beef cows there. After their...
Farmland Access Program Pioneers Share Their Stories of Growth

Farmland Access Program Pioneers Share Their Stories of Growth

Our Farmland Access Program connects farmers with land where they can start or expand a business. Through the sale of conservation easements that limit development and protect environmental features, the program lowers the cost of farms and finds ways to help farmers afford them. We ensure easements are upheld, but otherwise farms tell their own stories upon the land—stories that inevitably change both the farm and the farmer. Farmers from three farms share their stories: Elmer Farm in Middlebury, Northeast Vine Supply in Pawlet, and Kingsbury Market Garden in Warren.