Land Conserved Next to Addison County Field Days

Land Conserved Next to Addison County Field Days

Agricultural festivals, home days, and county fairs are beloved annual traditions that celebrate Vermont’s heritage and modern rural economy. The largest of them all is Addison County Field Days, held in New Haven. Just beyond the fairgrounds, to the west, lies a...
Morgan Dairy Farm Has New Owners

Morgan Dairy Farm Has New Owners

Tina Durrance and Pete Decker ran an organic dairy with 60 milking cows in Barton for a decade, when they decided it was time to scale up. Through VLT’s Farmland Access Program, they found the property that suited their needs—a 571-acre farm in Morgan. The owners, Jim...
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,...
Mettowee Valley Forestland Conserved

Mettowee Valley Forestland Conserved

In the agricultural Mettowee Valley, flat riverbottom farmland gently rises toward the steep, forested slopes of the Taconic Mountains. Downslope movement of limestone and other soil nutrients help make this valley exceptionally productive. Carol Neilson’s land is a...