Workforce development critical to sustain local food economy

January 10, 2018Press Releases

2017 Farm to Plate Annual Report shows successful implementation of Vermont’s food system plan has created need for more farm and food workers to meet food business expansion goals due to increased consumer demand Representatives of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network and staff at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund presented the 2017 Farm to … Read More

Workforce development and business succession necessary for continued growth in Vermont’s food system

November 2, 2017Press Releases

Over 270 members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convened October 26-27, 2017 at the 7th annual Farm to Plate Network Gathering in Killington to address workforce development and business succession challenges in Vermont’s farm and food economy. Comprised of food producers, farmers, food system businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, capital providers, and government … Read More

Vermont seizes climate change economic growth and resource renewal opportunities

September 19, 2017Press Releases

As national environmental protections are deregulated and challenges presented by climate change become more widely recognized, Vermont positions itself as the state where climate change and resource renewal can spark business growth and economic development. A national climate economy innovation summit held in early September in Burlington, Vermont welcomed entrepreneurs from across North America interested … Read More

Rooted in Vermont: Uniting all Vermonters around Local Food

June 28, 2017Press Releases

Vermonters were farming, gardening, fishing, and hunting long before there were craft beers and gourmet burgers. Traditions like gardening, hunting, fishing, and foraging are as core to Vermont’s local food movement as purchasing local food from farmers, restaurants, schools, and stores. Rooted in Vermont is a grassroots movement that empowers all Vermonters to be a … Read More

New Network Launches for Vermont Climate Economy Businesses

May 24, 2017Press Releases

The new Vermont Climate Economy Business Network will launch this June at a networking event for Vermont businesses whose products and services aim to reduce, mitigate, or prepare for the impacts of climate change. The Vermont Climate Economy Business Network is a new initiative coordinated by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to build community and … Read More

New leadership announced at Vermont Farm to Plate

April 25, 2017Press Releases

Vermont’s Farm to Plate food system plan to increase economic development and jobs in Vermont’s farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters is currently in its sixth year of implementation. Jake Claro has been named the Farm to Plate Director and will be responsible for providing facilitative leadership … Read More

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

July 8, 2016Press 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

February 26, 2016Press 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