The image used as the border for our website is from a photo taken by Dorothy Bent. The shot, looking toward Lost Nation, was taken from the dairy farm where Kim was raised.
LNT’s founder, Kim Bent, grew up in Braintree, Vermont on a hill farm that looks across the East Granville Valley toward the Braintree Mountains.
One particular part of the range is known locally as “Lost Nation.” For locals it is a special place. A place to dream and reflect. There’s a lovely view, but it’s mainly a place to camp, hike, and hunt—a challenging place to get to and to come back from.
As Kim traveled the country he realized there are many “lost nations” throughout America. Almost always rural, often remote and almost never on maps, they are known only by the people who live near them.
So “Lost Nation” says something real to us about our vision and our mission. It locates us out there, on the frontier, breaking boundaries, doing dramatic and courageous things. Yet it grounds us, identifies us as belonging to a place and to a community.
We work hard at integrating our programs with the community. We feel privileged to have been able to make a strong positive contribution toward the “good life” here in Vermont. Despite the on-going long hours, the journey continues to be a deeply satisfying one.