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New hands take over on Monkton farm; Land Trust keeps 'prime' ag soil in ag

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Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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A CURIOUS COW, above, comes to say hello to dairy farmer Matt Baldwin, who stands holding son, Nathan. In mid-September, Baldwin purchased 218 acres of the Cota Farm in Monkton, which have been preserved for agricultural use through the Vermont Land Trust. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MONKTON — Young Nathan Baldwin, all of three years old, races happily through the dairy barn on the farm formerly run by the Cota brothers, stopping to hug a few weeks’ old heifers. They nudge back playfully.

Outside the barn, some of dad Matt Baldwin’s mature Jerseys and Holsteins move through the grass, grazing peacefully. Looking south — past a small mountain of plastic-wrapped haylage —  green fields stretch toward the horizon, hugging Hogback Ridge to the east.

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