South Hero Land Trust
Conservation and Community in the Ecotone:
South Hero Land Trust Annual Celebration
Celebration at East Shore Vineyard
This year we gathered with friends, neighbors, and members for our Annual Celebration of Conservation and Community at the new home of East Shore Vineyard this year. The Landon Farm was conserved in 2003 as part of a collaborative project that also protected the unique Round Pond wetland. The farm has been in transition during the last few years, after the Wells family sold the property to Vermont Land Trust, and a search began for new farmers for the land. We were excited to welcome East Shore Vineyard to South Hero last fall, and this summer we celebrated the success of their first growing season on the farm.
Thanks and Farewell To Minner Hobbs Conboy
We were eager to welcome East Shore Vineyard and learn about their plans for the farm, and to celebrate the completion of the fundraising campaign for the Sawyer Bay/Health Hero Farm project during this year's gathering. But it was a bittersweet day. We said farewell to long-time Executive Director Minner Hobbs Conboy, who stepped down from SHLT in July. We took time to share stories and memories of Minner from her 16 years with us. SHLT founder Charlie Tipper, former staff member Chris Gordon, and farmer/board member Steve Robinson all spoke thoughtfully and graciously of her bright spirit, wise leadership, and great impact on our community. Minner's father David Hobbs shared a limerick at the end- a special Hobbs family tradition! Incoming Executive Director Emily Alger was thankful for the warm wishes of members, as she stepped into Minner's role, starting with the annual re-cap of the year.
Above: Board President Bob Chutter thanks Minner Hobbs Conboy for 16 years of service and dedication.
Ecotones in Nature and Organizations
Local Motion Executive Director and keynote speaker Emily Boedecker spoke eloquently on the subject of transitions through the metaphor of the ecotone. Ecotones are the ecological transitions between one biome and another. The marshy edges of Round Pond are an ecotone, at the interface of open water and land. In nature, ecotones are often places of wonderful diversity, where flora and fauna from each environment meet. Emily B. alluded to transitions in communities and organizations holding the same capacity for diversity, and thus innovation. Carefully developed ideas can collide with new energy and inspiration, leading to exciting new programs. We hope that this time of transition at South Hero Land Trust will utilize the concept of the ecotone, and benefit from best of the old and the new.
Above: Keynote speaker Emily Boedecker , Chris Boget of Lake Champlain Land Trust, and Emily Alger.
Thanks to our guests, volunteers, and members who made this year’s celebration a huge success! We are excited to have you be a part of this transition, and hope that you will be in touch. Stop by to visit or drop us a line, we want your input and ideas to be a part of South Hero Land Trust. We are looking forward to another great year!