Morristown Dairy Farm Conserved

Morristown Dairy Farm Conserved

When he’s not racing stock cars at Thunder Road in Barre, Dwayne Lanphear can usually be found at L&L Farms, his 150-cow dairy in Morristown. Racing and farming are family affairs for Dwayne: his father, Joe, is a retired farmer and race car driver who still helps...
Conservation Helps Franklin Farm Expand

Conservation Helps Franklin Farm Expand

Riverview Farm has been in Michael and Denna Benjamin’s family since the 1940s. Located in Franklin on open land near the Canadian border, this well-run dairy is home to 550 Holsteins. In 2015, the Benjamins made many changes with an eye to the farm’s future. They...
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...