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Community Campaign Underway!

Posted Friday, October 15, 2021
NewsRicketson Farm

Photo by Rich Levine

Our community campaign to conserve the Ricketson Farm is underway! Thanks to a generous donation in value by landowner Ken Ricketson, historic support from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and contributions from over ninety private donors, we are well on our way toward raising the $2.5 million needed to protect this iconic Stowe landmark—but we still need your help! 

Stowe Land Trust has been tasked with closing the remaining gap in funding before the project's scheduled closing date in March 2022. If we are able to raise $240,000 in community support, we will unlock an additional $200,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. These funds, added to those already raised (including a historic $1,063,000 grant from VHCB—one of the Board's largest awards for farmland conservation in its 34-year history), and pending funds from the town of Stowe and VHCB, will ensure the farm's 217 acres of prime agricultural land and important wetland habitat will be protected from future development. 

The agricultural landscape is an irreplaceable part of Stowe's identity, delighting long-time residents and visitors alike. Now we need your help to conserve our most prominent remaining farm. Together, we can ensure the Ricketson Farm's prime pasture land remains available for future generations of farmers, its rare peat bog habitat is protected, and its impressive scenic views along the Route 100 corridor are preserved. 

For more information on the project including how to donate, click here. 

We also encourage you to read and share recent articles from the Stowe Reporter and Burlington Free Press on this important project.