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...
Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

Bessette Family Conserves Fourth Farm in Franklin County

The Bessettes were one of the first families in Franklin County to conserve a farm. Back in 1995, Don and Frances Bessette worked with VLT to protect their dairy in Highgate from development. Seven years later they conserved a second farm, and their sons, Scott...
Keeping Vermont’s Water Clean

Keeping Vermont’s Water Clean

When we invest in our water, we invest in our future. In this new video, Vermont Land Trust’s Tyler Miller and forester Charlie Hancock talk about why conservation and water quality go hand in hand. Learn how vegetated buffers on farms are important to river...
A Connected Landscape: The Clear Waters Initiative

A Connected Landscape: The Clear Waters Initiative

The eastern brook trout, greenish-brown, with yellow marbling and a pink belly, is prized by local anglers— so much so, that it is one of Vermont’s two state fish. Anglers and biologists alike consider the brook trout to be an indicator species, meaning a healthy...