The Town of Charlotte has a long history supporting agriculture and attracting residents who value a working landscape. Throughout our state, farms provide numerous services in their communities: fresh food, jobs, diverse small businesses and open landscapes, as well as a range of ecosystem services from water quality to wildlife habitat, healthy soils and the mitigation of climate change. And yet, farming in Vermont is endangered: The state has lost approximately 10 percent of its farms every year for the last five years.
The Monday, July 7 Selectboard featured a full, albeit routine agenda, including a presentation from the outgoing zoning administrator on accessory agricultural uses and Act 143.
While Open Farm Week ended officially Aug. 20, Philo Ridge Farm looks forward to continually welcoming guests to the farm through school visits, pasture walks and its farm Market.
Spring in Vermont means many things, including muddy boots, late snowfalls, budding apple blossoms and the first plantings for…