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

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative releases report on grass heating energy potential in Vermont and the Northeast

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative releases report on grass heating energy potential in Vermont and the Northeast

May 8, 2014By Rachel CarterPress Releases

A new report evaluating grass biomass energy as a potential heating fuel has been released. Grass Energy in Vermont and the Northeast summarizes current research on the agronomy and usage potential of grass as a biofuel, and points to next steps for the region to fully commercialize this opportunity. The report was released last week … Read More

Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont

Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont

April 24, 2014By Rachel CarterPress Releases

A report published this week in Nature Climate Change indicated that ethanol made from corn residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, indicating the harvested leftovers from corn are “worse than gasoline for global warming,” according to the Associated Press, who released the study results. In Vermont the term “biofuel” and “bioenergy” are … Read More

The Vermont Food System Atlas Launches!

The Vermont Food System Atlas Launches!

June 3, 2013By Rachel CarterPress Releases

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. Local food movements around the world are springing up … Read More

Farm Fresh Fuel Project: Growing Our Own Biodiesel

Farm Fresh Fuel Project: Growing Our Own Biodiesel

December 17, 2012By Rachel CarterPress Releases

A small revolution is happening in Grand Isle County, in the northwestern corner of Vermont. 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 … Read More

Farm to Plate Annual Gathering: Taking Stock and Moving Ahead

Farm to Plate Annual Gathering: Taking Stock and Moving Ahead

October 23, 2012By Rachel CarterPress Releases

From the expansion of Black River Produce into 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 … Read More