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Cook Farm Becomes Part of Land Trust

Bradford, Vt. — Owners of the Cook Farm along Upper Plain Road entered a conservation easement with the Upper Valley Land Trust last week, ensuring the 70-acre property will be permanently used for agriculture, according to an announcement from trust officials.

David and Amy Cook will remain owners of the land, while the trust is the steward of the easement, which places various restrictions for current and future owners to ensure it remains a farm.

“The big picture idea is that the easement creates the restriction that it will stay a 70-acre farm as it is now,” Anna Slack, programs coordinator with the trust, said in a brief phone interview.

According to the announcement, the Cooks acquired the property in phases, starting in 1997 when they rented less than two acres. They’ve since acquired that property and the surrounding land, growing it into a diverse agricultural operation that includes goats, pigs, chickens and vegetables.

The land has been farmed since the early 1800s, the announcement said. About a third of the property is farmland and most of the other two-thirds is forested.