Entries by Jeanie McIntyre

UVLT and VTC Joint Statement on Norwich Farms

          To: Norwich Select Board From: Upper Valley Land Trust and Vermont Technical College Re: Joint Statement Regarding Norwich Farms Date: April 19, 2018 In 2015, Vermont Technical College accepted the Sigler Farm in Norwich as a gift, and the College created a semester-long residential educational experience for its agricultural students […]

UVLT Prepares to Purchase Norwich Farm

UVLT is preparing to purchase about 6 acres of developed land on Turnpike Road in Norwich. The land is adjacent to UVLT’s Brookmead Conservation Area, 352 acres of forest and farmland with trails. The 6 acres is currently owned by Vermont Technical College (VTC). A number of barns and related structures are situated there along […]

April Showers Bring out Amphibians

Each spring as the days get longer, the temperatures rise, and the snow melts we get what the environmental community calls “the big night”. As spring rains soak our region and night time temperatures rise to 45 degrees, frogs and salamanders leave their winter dens and migrate, up to a quarter mile, to their breeding […]

Essays with a Sense of Place (Part 1)

The story of life in the Upper Valley is rooted in the experience of place.  This post is the first in a series featuring the writing of four Upper Valley women deeply attached to the land around them – places that are now conserved. The legacy of these writers – expressed both through their stories […]

Norwich Comes Together About Dairy Cows

More than 500 people have signed a petition indicating their support for dairy farming at the Norwich Farms site on Turnpike Road. This is good news! Andrew Sigler rebuilt and expanded the barns as a non-profit demonstration farm in the 1990’s before ultimately donating the buildings and 358 acres of land to Vermont Technical College […]

Cornish Land Owners Utilize Draft Animal Power

Draft animal power has a long history of use in agriculture and forestry. Oxen have been used for hundreds of years and draft horses became popular in late 1800’s for work pulling all sorts of vehicles like milk wagons, carriages, fire engines, and street cars. They may have been most important as a part of […]

20th Annual Conservation Commission Gathering

On February 20th, UVLT held our20th Annual Conservation Commission Gathering. Participants came from 15 towns across both states to spend the evening having dinner, chatting with their fellow commissioners, and learning about topics presented by the UVLT Staff. The topics presented were “Tools for Conservation in Your Town: Incentives for Forest Block Planning in Vermont” […]

Transition Underway at Norwich Farm

Changes are underway at Norwich Farms, a 6-acre complex with agricultural buildings, a classroom and a farmhouse on Turnpike Road. Vermont Technical College (VTC), which had used the site for dairy education, will discontinue its programs in Norwich this spring. This decision creates opportunities for alternative uses of the property which adjoins UVLT’s Brookmead Conservation […]