BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board has awarded over $1.6 million in state and federal funding to conserve six farms totaling nearly 700 acres in Washington, Windham and Orange counties.
The board matched $740,000 in state funds with $864,000 in federal funding for farmland protection from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Vermont Land Trust is raising approximately $170,000 to match the funding.
The farmers will sell conservation easements, limiting any future development to the terms of the easement. As a result of these funding commitments, the Vermont Land Trust will conserve farms in Barre Town, Washington, Thetford, Randolph, Westminster and Dummerston.
The board also awarded $68,500 to the city of Burlington to purchase a lot in the Old North End to preserve it as a community garden.
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