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Crossroad Farm and Taylor Floodplain Preserve

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Crossroad Farm and Taylor Floodplain Preserve
Fairlee, Vermont 05045
Crossroad Farm webpage
Taylor Floodplain Preserve Management Plan publication

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Crossroad Farm/Taylor Floodplain Preserve
Coordinates: 43.8924302, -72.2501249
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Birds of Interest
Snipe, woodcock, bobolink, song sparrow, catbird, nesting kingfisher, merganser, common loon, veery, Savannah sparrow, alder flycatcher, barn swallow, chipping sparrow, warbling vireo, goldfinch, ovenbird, mourning dove, starling, red wing blackbird, chimney swift, tufted titmouse, blue jay, kingbird, common yellowthroat, indigo bunting, red-eyed vireo, chestnut-sided warbler, black-throated green warbler, mourning warbler, redstart, ruby-throated hummingbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, hairy woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, phoebe, white-breasted nuthatch, nesting mallard, cardinal, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, least flycatcher, black and white warbler, cedar waxwing, kildeer, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow, chickadee, broad-winged hawk, ruffed grouse.

About Crossroad Farm
Crossroad Farm is a sixty-acre vegetable farm just west of Lake Fairlee. For over 40 years the extended family and crew have been practicing sustainable agriculture. They grow a wide variety of vegetables, specializing in greens and tomatoes, as well as strawberries, melons, flowers, and bedding plants. You can find local, seasonal produce at both of the farm stands, in Post Mills and in Norwich. The farm also delivers to many restaurants, the Coop Food Stores, and summer camps throughout the Upper Valley.
From Crossroad Farm webpage

About Taylor Floodplain Preserve
The area of the Taylor Tract is 36 acres. The majority of this parcel is found on the east side of the Ompompanoosuc River between Route 244 and West Fairlee Road just north of the village of Post Mills. Alluvial or river deposited soils dominate the flats along the river easterly to a large sandpit found along the east side of the tract. This sandpit was dug into sandy post-glacial river deposits that form the large terrace at the 700- foot elevation. The Post Mills Airport also sits on this terrace.

The Ompompanoosuc River is the dominant hydrological and ecological feature of the tract. Its channel, sprinkled with gravel bars, meanders through the west side of the property. The flat portion of the tract is a river floodplain; this feature is ecologically significant. Over time, the river channel shifts through the floodplain via a dynamic process of erosion and deposition of sediments, especially during floods.

The parcel incorporates wetlands and fragile riverbanks and an intricate mosaic of habitats and natural communities. Recreational activities that are suited to this preserve are fishing, bird watching, photography, wildlife observation, walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and outdoor education. Hunting on foot is permitted.