The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Agricultural Council held an all-day farm tour through Addison County and parts of Rutland and Chittenden Counties on Thursday, October 24th. Projects completed with USDA assistance were showcased during the event titled “Working Together for Vermont”.
Claflin Family Farm Conserved Through Collaboration
For three generations, the Claflins have farmed a scenic stretch of open land on Old Hollow Road in Monkton and Ferrisburgh. Sid Claflin and his three sisters Barbara, Dawn, and Lela have now permanently conserved the farm, with the help of the Vermont Land Trust. The easement sale helped the family settle the estate after their mother's death, and now Sid is the sole owner of the land.
The Barber Farm has been part of the Jericho community for generations. The farm's history goes back to 1774, when it was the third property settled in Jericho. The farm's current owners, Charlie and Jean Siegchrist, and their family have farmed the land for more than 60 years. The Siegchrists and the local community worked with the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) and the Jericho Underhill Land Trust to conserve the farm, ensuring it can be used to supply local food for years to come.
Wetlands Workshop Proves Very Useful and Well Organized
May 16, 2011, Burlington, VT - A recent seminar titled, "Wetlands Workshop: Delineation, Function & Protection" was a great success, and well attended by a diverse group of over 100 participants. The event began in the morning with two rounds of concurrent indoor sessions at the University of Vermont, and ended with educational trips to the field led by local experts. Here you will find the workshop schedule and links to the valuable wetlands presentations.
On April 14, 2011 a unique event focused on management of alluvial soils was conducted by an interdisciplinary team from 3 separate government agencies. Staci Pomeroy from the River Management Program from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Ben Gabos from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Caroline Alves from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) all combined efforts to develop the agenda and conduct the workshop. The 30 attendees from NRCS, Extension Service, Conservation Districts, University of Vermont and agricultural consultants heard a discussion on erosion concerns and conservation practices used on floodplain alluvial soils.