Vermont Farm to Plate is the statewide initiative to increase economic development and jobs in Vermont’s food system and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters.
The Vermont Agriculture Development Program supports the growth and long-term success of Vermont-based, value-added agricultural enterprises that are building markets and infrastructure for other Vermont agricultural businesses and local or regional food systems development.
Northern Reliability and Pulmac Systems International join Flex Fund’s socially responsible investment portfolio to generate economic growth in Vermont renewable energy and natural resource efficiency sectors
Soil regeneration and clean water touted as foundation for healthy food at annual Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering
Farm to Plate Network concludes fourth year of work implementing Vermont’s food system plan by exploring connections between the health of soil and water to the long term productivity and sustainability of local food production
VSJF executive director recognized for creative, entrepreneurial, community leadership
Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, recognized in September for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural economy depends. She receives the award at the 2015 VNRC annual meeting.
Makers, Hackers, Farmers, Foodies & Techies invited to explore economic and innovation opportunities in Vermont’s farm and food sector at Generator’s January Social Hour
New job numbers, economic growth, and food justice conversations are focus at Vermont’s Farm to Plate Annual Gathering
Farm to Plate Network shares results and explores key issues facing Vermont’s food system in statewide work implementing Vermont’s ten year plan to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters
U.S. Treasury awards $600,000 to fully capitalize the Flexible Capital Fund to make more royalty financing investments available for growing Vermont agriculture, forestry and clean technology companies
Green Mountain Power, UVM Extension and the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative collaborate on farm energy project
Slow Money founder, Woody Tasch, to speak at Slow Money Vermont launch event to connect entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers and share vision for 21st Century Main Street investing to support a viable and sustainable agricultural economy in Vermont and the region
Patricia Moulton, Cairn Cross and Nick Richardson are new to Board; William Murray re-appointed by Governor Shumlin; David Marvin completes 6 years of service
Vermont Bioenergy Initiative releases report on grass heating energy potential in Vermont and the Northeast
Grass biomass could make a sizeable contribution to Vermont’s heating needs over time, and could be part of the renewable energy mix required to meet the state’s goal to meet 90% of Vermont’s energy needs through renewable energy and increased efficiency by 2050
The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative offers local perspective in response to recent ethanol news and shares new statewide bioenergy website resource
Vermont’s socially responsible investment fund helps Randolph, VT furniture company grow business, add jobs, and strengthen commitment to Vermont’s working landscape
2013 Farm to Plate Annual Report releases food and farm economy growth numbers that, in 2013, surpass the predictions made for 2020
Beer and Hops Chapter is also re-published on Vermont's food systems planning website: The VT Food Atlas
A $250,000 socially responsible investment will help The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company expand from residential to industrial location with royalty financing by the Flexible Capital Fund to increase manufacturing jobs and support Vermont’s working landscape supply chain
Charlotte and Middlebury residents named to the statewide non-profit legislatively tasked with accelerating Vermont’s green economy; South Hero resident named board chair
The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative draws the connection between diversified agriculture and renewable energy production in the form of biofuels
Vermont Farm Viability Program and Vermont Agriculture Development Program partner to serve forestry sector businesses
There’s an exciting new tool for exploring Vermont’s food system – the Vermont Food System Atlas! The Food Atlas is the digital platform for advancing the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, a ten-year plan assembled by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to strengthen Vermont’s food system.
The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund L3C (The Flex Fund) announces specialty food producers, Liz Lovely, Inc., as the fifth investment in an expanding, mission based royalty financing portfolio committed to growing Vermont food system, forest product, and renewable energy companies by providing “equity-like” loans that are repaid through revenue sharing.
Nine new videos created by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund document the people, feedstocks, and fuels of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative. These videos draw the connection between diversified agriculture, sustainable systems and renewable energy production. Check out these awesome clips today!
More than one hundred food system educators, state officials, students, and business people met on Tuesday, January 15, to discuss how to better prepare students for careers in Vermont's expanding food system economy.
On a rainy Saturday in December, a small crowd gathered in Roger Rainville’s dairy barn-turned-energy lab. They were dairy farmers, organic growers, and landowners, but this year, this group of ten growers also tried their hand at making their own biodiesel fuel.
The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund is pleased to announce our most recent investment in Farmers to You LLC (FTY). FTY is a web-based direct marketer and distributor of Vermont-produced craft and artisanal food, distributing food from over 30 Vermont farmers to more than 375 Boston area families with weekly deliveries arranged through the FTY website. The Flex Fund’s investment will be used to support FTY's expansion and relocation to a new, larger hub facility, the purchase of additional equipment, addition of key staff, and the streamlining of their website and ordering system.
From the expansion of Black River Produce to include a 50,000 square foot meat processing facility and the 19 value-added food producers crafting away at the Mad River Food Hub, to Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s “Lunchbox” mobile farmers’ market and the emergence of several large in-state milk processors, Vermonters are working to “save the world in our own little way” says Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. These were just some of the developments that flew fast and furious at the Annual Farm to Plate Network Gathering on October 9th and 10th, 2012 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT.
With the support of a Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund grant from the US Dept of Energy and the Office of Senator Patrick Leahy, Bourne's Energy of Morrisville has recently completed the build-out of an injection blending operation for biodiesel. At this state-of-the-art facility the company is now supplying B5, B10, B20 and B99.9 blends of its heating and transportation fuels.
Highfields has launched a kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund a Compost Heat Recovery Research System. This exciting project will develop new technology to yield a second value from the composting process -– renewable energy in the form of recovered heat. Your support will be an investment in renewable energy innovation that farmers in our communities can utilize. This is technology and innovation by the people and for the people. Read more and back this important project!
Land for Good has 4 new publications: Two full-service guides and two shorter pamphlets target private, municipal and institutional landowners. They focus on helping "non-farming" owners and managers of agricultural properties bring their land into productive agricultural uses.
The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund (the “Flex Fund”) is pleased to announce our most recent investment in Aegis Wind LLC, a community scale wind integrator based in Waitsfield, Vermont. Aegis designs, installs, and services small scale wind turbine systems throughout the northeast.
Nava Bio-Energy Ltd. is a small-commercial processor of vegetable oil-based biodiesel. Utilizing the transesterification process, the plant has a production capacity of 400 gallons per day from equipment designed by the founder and president, Winston Sadoo and built by the company’s engineering technician Richard Small.
Renewable Energy Resources, Inc. (RER) is a biomass energy company with the mission to produce thermal energy from grass biomass. Grass biomass can be produced locally, normally within a 30-mile radius of a customer’s facility, thus providing a low-cost, sustainable fuel supply with the benefit that the money will stay in the community to create local jobs.
Named a local Vermont food treasure in a recent Boston Globe article, touted by Gourmet magazine as having a “pepperoni that makes a delightful hors d’oeuvre”, and featured on the Food Network’s Road Tasted with the Neelys, Vermont Smoke and Cure (VSC) has been generating a lot of buzz lately.
A passion for Vermont and community, a drive to use technology to help their customers leverage the power of the internet, and a philosophy that creative, hard working people are a businesses’ greatest asset led three enterprising young partners to form Union Street Media (USM) in a dorm room at Middlebury College in 1999.
Scattered among 4 buildings in Morrisville and Hyde Park, the employees of Manufacturing Solutions Inc. (MSI) assemble a myriad of products for customers such as Concept 2’s rowers and blades and components of Blodgett ovens, in a LEAN manufacturing environment. Started in 1996 by Garret Hirchak and his wife Beth Salvas, MSI has become one of Morrisville’s largest employers with over 77 employees.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy. We do this by providing early stage grant funding, loans, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks and others interested in developing jobs and markets in the green economy.
The VSJF typically focuses on 2 or 3 of the market sectors identified by the legislature at any one time. Our current focus is on increasing the local production and local use of biofuels, and sustainable forest products and in strengthening Vermont’s food system.
The products and services we support drive the green economy by:
- Striving to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels,
- relocalizing production (including food production, manufacturing, and the sustainable use of local resources), and
- building economic and community resilience against challenges such as peak oil and climate change.
We analyze critical market development needs for these goods and services and deploy our grants and technical assistance to meet those needs.