Cooperage Finds Niche in Vermont Craft Spirits Industry

Cooperage Finds Niche in Vermont Craft Spirits Industry

May 13, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Green Mountain Grain & Barrel producing locally-sourced, locally-made oak barrels. Woodworkers by hobby and Vermont National Guardsmen by training, Tony Fletcher, Josh Waterhouse and Mac Broich are finding their niche as coopers for Vermont’s craft spirits industry. Green Mountain Grain & Barrel was founded in … Read More

Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Connects Forest Industry and Bird Enthusiasts

Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Connects Forest Industry and Bird Enthusiasts

April 23, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermont forests a critical part of global bird conservation effort This spring, when the Black-throated Blue Warblers, Wood Thrush, and Scarlet Tanagers make their annual return to Vermont from Central and South America, they will find new habitats for nesting and breeding in Vermont thanks … Read More

Colleen Goodridge, The Matriarch of Vermont’s Forest Industry

Colleen Goodridge, The Matriarch of Vermont’s Forest Industry

April 13, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund April 13, 2018 While an aging industry struggles with succession, Colleen Goodridge cultivates the next generation through education, relationships. Every industry needs a matriarch, and Vermont’s forest products industry has Colleen Goodridge. Goodridge Lumber, owned and operated by Colleen and her sons, began in 1973 … Read More

Butternut Mountain Farm Embraces Past, Looks to Future

Butternut Mountain Farm Embraces Past, Looks to Future

April 4, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By: Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director Maple: Vermont’s Agricultural Enterprise in the Forest Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, Vermont epitomizes both the quaint history and bright future for Vermont’s maple industry. The third generation sugaring operation, now run by siblings Emma and Ira Marvin, stands poised to build on the foundation of botany, forestry … Read More

Vermont’s Forest Products Industry: In Transition and Hopeful for the Future

Vermont’s Forest Products Industry: In Transition and Hopeful for the Future

January 24, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

Vermont prides itself as the Green Mountain State, with nearly 80-percent of its land mass covered in forest. Healthy and productive forests are inherent to Vermont’s culture and heritage. Yet, the industry responsible for bringing us countless valuable forest products: high quality furniture, specialty wood crafts, lumber and firewood, as well as services such as … Read More

Vermont’s workforce dilemma

Vermont’s workforce dilemma

November 14, 2017By Ellen KahlerStaff Articles

Vermont’s struggle to grow its workforce weakens our economy, inhibits the ability for Vermont businesses to expand their operations, and threatens the ability for Vermonters and future generations to grow and thrive here in the Green Mountains. An aging workforce, stagnant wages in jobs without career ladders, the cost of housing and childcare, the opioid … Read More

Economic Development in the Local Food Economy

Economic Development in the Local Food Economy

October 10, 2017By Jake ClaroStaff Articles

When you ask people their definition of the Vermont food economy, they’ll often talk about farms, farmers’ markets or CSAs. What’s often missing from the conversation are the supply chain of local businesses such as distributors, food processors and manufacturers, and seed, feed, and equipment dealers. Vermont’s local food economy not only extends well beyond … 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

From Local to Regional: Defining Vermont’s Foodshed

From Local to Regional: Defining Vermont’s Foodshed

March 24, 2014By Erica CampbellStaff Articles

Throughout the planning process developing Vermont’s “Farm to Plate” Strategic Plan, we heard many definitions about what the geographic boundaries of “local food” means to different people. Early localvores often used a 30, 50 or 100 mile radius, while others believe local to be a broader, more regional concept. Labeling food as local is important … Read More