Community scale biodigester demonstrates renewable energy, waste reduction, and nutrient management in Vermont

Community scale biodigester demonstrates renewable energy, waste reduction, and nutrient management in Vermont

July 8, 2016By Rachel CarterPress Releases

“Big Bertha,” the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College, is operating at full capacity and successfully putting electricity onto the grid. With a carefully formulated diet of cow manure and organic matter from Vermont farms and brewery waste from the Alchemist and Long Trail Brewing Co., at full power Big Bertha transforms 16,000 gallons of … Read More

New Resource for Farmers: A Legal and Regulatory Overview of On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont

New Resource for Farmers: A Legal and Regulatory Overview of On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont

February 26, 2016By Rachel CarterPress Releases

A new report, On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont: Legal and Regulatory Overview, conducted by the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School reviews all Vermont state and federal regulations related to on-farm biodiesel production. Commissioned by the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, the report aims to inform farmers … Read More

Soil regeneration and clean water touted as foundation for healthy food at annual Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering

Soil regeneration and clean water touted as foundation for healthy food at annual Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering

November 6, 2015By Rachel CarterPress Releases

“Farm in nature’s image” was the takeaway message shared by Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist at the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) and keynote speaker at the fifth annual Farm to Plate Annual Gathering. Held annually at the end of October, the Gathering is the one time each year when the entire Farm to … Read More

Ellen Kahler Honored with Inaugural Con Hogan Award

Ellen Kahler Honored with Inaugural Con Hogan Award

October 16, 2015By Rachel CarterPress Releases

The Vermont Community Foundation and the organizing committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership are pleased to announce Ellen Kahler, executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), as the winner of the inaugural award. The $15,000 award was presented to Kahler at a reception on October 8th at the Vermont … Read More

Ellen Kahler, Head of Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, to Receive 2015 Art Gibb Award

Ellen Kahler, Head of Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, to Receive 2015 Art Gibb Award

September 15, 2015By Rachel CarterPress Releases

Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will be recognized this week for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural economy depends. Kahler, of Starksboro, will receive the Art Gibb Award for Individual Leadership from the Vermont Natural Resources … Read More

Vermont’s Food System: Relocalize it!

Vermont’s Food System: Relocalize it!

February 17, 2015By Rachel CarterPress Releases

The local food movement has been capturing media attention all across the country. Vermont, in many ways, is serving as the pace setter for focused, coordinated activity that is driving job and food business creation, economic output, and finding creative ways for all Vermonters to participate in this renaissance of ‘relocalized’ food. “In 2009, when … Read More

Vermont Businesses call for more ‘Livable Jobs’

Vermont Businesses call for more ‘Livable Jobs’

January 30, 2015By Rachel CarterPress Releases

A group of business leaders gathered at the Vermont Statehouse Wednesday to call for the creation of more ‘Livable Jobs’ in the state – employment that allows Vermonters working full time to pay their bills without relying on public assistance. Released every two years in January by the Vermont Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office, the Basic … Read More

What is the food system and why does it matter?

What is the food system and why does it matter?

January 26, 2015By Rachel CarterStaff Articles

Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials … Read More

New job numbers, economic growth, and food justice conversations are focus at Vermont’s Farm to Plate Annual Gathering

New job numbers, economic growth, and food justice conversations are focus at Vermont’s Farm to Plate Annual Gathering

October 31, 2014By Rachel CarterPress Releases

Every October, food system leaders and innovators who comprise the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convene to review the progress towards implementing the State of Vermont’s Farm to Plate Strategic Plan and learn about the next set of challenges facing Vermont’s evolving food system. Approximately 300 individuals representing all facets of Vermont’s farm and food … Read More

Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel power

Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel power

September 17, 2014By Rachel CarterPress Releases

Beautiful fields of sunflowers growing in Newbury and Shaftsbury, Vermont will have an unusual future: the flowers’ seeds will be converted to biodiesel and livestock feed. The fuel will be used in Green Mountain Power’s fleet of vehicles and for building heating, saving Green Mountain Power customers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other … Read More

Farm to Plate Task Force to launch Slow Money Vermont

Farm to Plate Task Force to launch Slow Money Vermont

August 26, 2014By Rachel CarterPress Releases

Local food entrepreneurs and investors in Vermont will have a new way to connect starting September 16, 2014. National Slow Money movement founder, Woody Tasch, Cheryl Devos of Kimball Brook Farm Organic Milk, and leaders of the Slow Money Vermont movement will trumpet the launch of the first Slow Money Network in Vermont. Slow Money … Read More