Vern-Mont Farm works with local students and federal/state
A partnership between state and federal agencies and Windham Regional Career Center has allowed the Vern-Mont Farm LLC in Vernon to become the first farm in Windham County to benefit from a productive program
sweeping across the state.
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a federal-state
cooperative conservation program addressing agricultural-related
environment concerns. Under the program, participants can receive
financial incentives, cost sharing assistance, and rental payments in
exchange for removing portions of land from production. Vern-Mont had
more than 1,600 trees and shrubs native to the region planted on their
property to help prevent erosion and protect the water supply.
students from the Windham Regional Career Center helped plant the trees
as part of their forestry and natural resources curriculum. The
Windham Conservation District had the responsibility for ordering the
stock and protective tubes and mats, securing labor, oversight of the
planting and administration of the funds. The partners involved in the
project included the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service
Agency, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Partners for
Fish and Wildlife Program, the Vern-Mont Farm, the Windham Regional
Career Center and the Windham Conservation District.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 June 2008 )