Timbers Restaurant Donates to Vermont Land Trust’s Bragg Farm Project Through 1% For The Planet Membership


Timbers Restaurant Donates to Vermont Land Trust’s Bragg Farm Project Through 1% For The Planet Membership

Warren, VT (April 16, 2013) – Vermont Land Trust’s campaign to conserve the historic Bragg Farm is set to receive a $10,000 donation from Timbers Restaurant at Sugarbush Resort and the Winthrop H. Smith Family Foundation.

The donation is a combined gift made through the Winthrop H. Smith Family Foundation and the restaurant’s membership in 1% for the Planet, the global organization of businesses pledging one percent of their revenues to environmental organizations.

Vermont Land Trust’s Bragg Farm initiative is an effort to protect the agricultural heritage and the vitality of farming in theMadRiverValley. With incomparable views of theGreen Mountains, the Bragg Farm showcases the beauty and agricultural productivity of the Valley's working landscapes.

“This project exemplifies the spirit of theMadRiverValley, both in that it preserves and protects our open spaces but also by keeping this land in agricultural use,” said Win Smith, President of Sugarbush Resort. “It was our intent at the onset of joining 1% for the Planet to support local environmental initiatives and the Bragg Farm project combines so many of our values into one project.”

Through a competitive process Vermont Land Trust has chosen an experienced farmer to purchase the land. Marisa Mauro, owner of Ploughgate Creamery, plans to craft artisanal butter and cheeses from a small milking herd. The conservation and sale of the Bragg Farm advances the goals of the Vermont Land Trust's Farmland Access Program, which helps experienced farmers gain access to productive, affordable farmland.

“Timbers Restaurant has always supported local agricultural andVermont’s working landscapes by purchasing and serving the produce, meats and cheeses from our neighbors’ farms.” continued Smith “Perhaps in the future you may see Ploughgate Creamery products on the menu at Timbers.”

Overlooking the MadRiverValleythe Bragg Farm is perched on one of the Valley’s finest pieces of real estate. The iconic and over one-hundred year old barn and farm boasts views that overlook Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush and has been seen on the cover of Vermont Life magazine among other publications, including Sugarbush’s marketing material.

For more information contact Patrick Brownat pbrown@sugarbush.com.

Timbers Restaurant is the signature dining establishment at Sugarbush Resort inWarren,VT. Fashioned after a 19th-century round dairy barn and featuring 6,000 square feet of post and beam construction and 45 foot vaulted ceilings, it's a dining location like no other. Timbers' menu features dry aged steaks, fresh seafood and locally raised meats, organic vegetables and artisanal cheeses in an upscale, mountainside setting.

About 1% for the Planet

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a platform of credibility and engagement for environmentally conscious brands that are truly committed to making a positive impact with their business. This global movement of more than 1000 member companies in 45 countries donate one percent of annual sales directly to approved environmental organizations worldwide. To date, our network has achieved over 100MM in cumulative giving. To learn more go to: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.