Win Smith of Warren, Liz Levey of Fayston, and two anonymous donors will match the next $30,000 in public contributions made to the Vermont Land Trust's campaign to conserve two Valley farms.

The Vermont Land Trust has until the end of March to raise the final $77,000 to permanently protect the Bruce and Kingsbury Farms. If conserved, the farms will be used to grow food for The Valley and for the Vermont Foodbank.


"I am really excited be able to help the Vermont Land Trust complete this conservation project," said Liz Levey. "The Vermont Foodbank's plan to grow food at the Kingsbury Farm for low-income Valley residents is both compelling and visionary. I hope others will join me in supporting our neighbors and investing in our future agricultural base in the Valley by making a donation or pledge to this campaign in the next few weeks."

Since beginning its fund-raising campaign, the Vermont Land Trust has raised over $123,000 in local, private donations, and more than $400,000 in additional grants. With less than four weeks to go, the land trust seeks charitable contributions of all sizes to raise the final funds needed to reach the total campaign goal of $605,000.


This new dollar-for-dollar matching offer will make it more likely that the project will succeed, according to land trust spokesperson Liza Walker.

"We must conserve the Kingsbury and Bruce Farms by the end of the month or lose over $280,000 in grant funds awarded by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board," said Walker, VLT's Mad River Valley director.


"It's an ambitious goal, but Valley residents have been vocal about their support of our farms and desire for more locally grown food. We thank the 104 supporters who have already sent their contributions and hope others will join in right away. Together we can seize this unique opportunity to shape the agricultural future of our Valley," she added.

Charitable donations to the Two-Farm Campaign can be sent to the Vermont Land Trust at 8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602, or by visiting www.vlt.org. Write "Mad River Valley" in the memo line of the check. Contact Liza Walker with questions at 496-3690.