Farmers Working Together

For a clean Lake Champlain and thriving agriculture in Vermont


We Are All Downstream

"We're doing it for ourselves; we're doing it for the future," says Lorenzo Whitcomb of his farming family's efforts to protect water quality and soil health.

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"We love what we do."

How many of us can say the same after nearly 30 years of hard work sandwiched between early mornings and late nights? Dairy farmer Tim Kayhart can.

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People

"I want to make sure that when I’m done farming, there’s still something here that can be enjoyed and used,” says Pauline Stevens of Golden Russet Farm.

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"We had to be very creative in finding solutions."

Harvey Smith and AnnaJo Smith of Smith Family Farm reflect on addressing water quality challenges.

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Our Story & Mission

We are farmers. We know that some of the best things in life start with a single seed, and with care and cultivation, can flourish into something much larger and grander. And so it can be said of us. We started as a little seed of an idea between a handful of farmers in 2012. With the help of UVM Extension staff in Middlebury, Vermont and a Conservation Innovation Grant from Vermont Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), we became the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition. Our purpose is to assist all farmers in implementing innovative agricultural practices that enhance water quality, soil health, climate smart farming, and their economic resiliency in the Champlain Valley.