A Farm at the Heart of its Community

A Farm at the Heart of its Community

In her 44 years of farming in Monkton, Norma Norris put her family farm at the heart of the community. She and her husband started out dairy farming in 1973. In ’95, they switched to what had been Norma’s sideline: delicious strawberries. They added veggies, more...
New Farms Take Root in Vermont

New Farms Take Root in Vermont

Celebrating 100 Farmland Access Projects Jon Wagner and Karin Bellemare were operating a CSA on rented land on Long Island and feeling a little boxed in. There were the challenges of farming in a place without many farms. “We had some chicken tractors going in a field...
Strafford Village Farm and Almanack Farm Take Root in Orange County

Strafford Village Farm and Almanack Farm Take Root in Orange County

For many new farmers, launching a business is like putting together a puzzle. To complete the picture, each puzzle piece must be in the correct place at the correct time. Financing, property, market demand, business planning, and even conservation, are just a few of...
A Gift of Land for Newport’s Bluffside Farm

A Gift of Land for Newport’s Bluffside Farm

Vermont Land Trust recently received a small land gift. Like many small gifts, its impact far exceeds its size. Three brothers, Hank, Tom, and Doug Amon, own land in Newport that has been in their family for many generations. The property is just across the road from...
Dreams Come True on Monkton Berry Farm

Dreams Come True on Monkton Berry Farm

Sarah and Stephen Park met while working at Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro. They later went on to start a taco truck business together. “Self-employment was really important to us,” explained Sarah. “If we’re talking about dreams—we wanted to farm. I just fell in love...