Stowe has a long, rich agricultural history; at one time, agriculture was a major part of the local economy. Today, only a fraction of the farms remain, and Stowe’s agricultural future is uncertain. With increasing demand for locally-produced food and increasing concern about the sustainability of the national food system, the importance of local agriculture is huge. In addition to providing local farm products – such as dairy, meat, produce, and wool - these farms help maintain Stowe’s rural character, a connection to our past and a local land-based economy.
Stowe Land Trust is working to protect productive farmland that can support a thriving local food economy and is affordable for future farmers.