Accel-VT to welcome its second climate economy business cohort

Accel-VT to welcome its second climate economy business cohort

October 1, 2018By Ellen KahlerPress Releases

Eight climate solution entrepreneurs set to participate in business accelerator to help solve agriculture and food technology challenges while honing business models for success in the marketplace South Burlington, Vt. – Eight entrepreneurial start-up companies will convene tomorrow at the Ben & Jerry’s headquarters for their first “sprint” of Accel-VT—a business accelerator providing support, mentorship, … Read More

A Story of Respect and Resilience

A Story of Respect and Resilience

September 26, 2018By Jake ClaroStaff Articles

By Jake Claro, Vermont Farm to Plate Director One of the first things you notice at Molly Brook Farm is that Rhonda and Myles Goodrich call every single one of their 77 cows by name. “Move along Clover,” or “this way Charlotte” is heard in the milking parlor during the daily milking sessions. The Goodrichs, … Read More

Snug Valley Farm Finds Success in its Story

Snug Valley Farm Finds Success in its Story

September 6, 2018By Ellen KahlerStaff Articles

By Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director Vermont continues to lose dairy farms at a devastating rate – as of July the state had lost 66 this year alone. As dairy farmers struggle with whether or not they can survive in their current industry many look to what could be next. The Nottermann family, owners … Read More

Teaching the Trade: Vermont Schools Train the Next Generation of Loggers, Foresters, Builders, and Artists

Teaching the Trade: Vermont Schools Train the Next Generation of Loggers, Foresters, Builders, and Artists

August 30, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, forest program director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Like many trade occupations, woodworking was traditionally passed along from mentor to apprentice, one generation to the next. Young adults might have been introduced to the fundamentals of woodworking in high school shop class, producing the mandatory birdhouse or book shelf, but most who entered … Read More

The Face of Farming: Root Crops Abound at Burnt Rock Farm

The Face of Farming: Root Crops Abound at Burnt Rock Farm

August 10, 2018By Ellen KahlerStaff Articles

By Ellen Kahler The following is the first installment in Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Face of Farming Series. The series will profile a variety of farmers throughout Vermont who are employing best practices, implementing innovative approaches and who together represent the evolving face of Vermont’s agricultural system.   Justin Rich has been farming the fertile … Read More

Lucas Jenson Makes the Case for Local Wood

Lucas Jenson Makes the Case for Local Wood

August 1, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan People in the forest products industry find their way to wood in different ways. For some, it’s a part of their family DNA. For others, it’s a passion. For Lucas Jenson, owner of The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop, it’s a vocation that aligns with his belief in supporting the local Vermont … Read More

A Tale of Two Luthiers

A Tale of Two Luthiers

July 26, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan In the hip city of Burlington, Creston Lea builds one of a kind electric guitars, while in southern Vermont, Douglas Cox turns out violins for classical musicians around the world. Creston Lea and Douglas Cox live about as far apart as two Vermonters can get, but are connected by their craft as … Read More

Landowners are Essential Partner in Vermont’s Forest Products Economy

Landowners are Essential Partner in Vermont’s Forest Products Economy

June 19, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund From urban forests to thousand-acre parcels, Vermonters own 80% of the state’s forested land. Vermont’s forests are one of our greatest natural resources, contributing to the economy through industry and recreation to the tune of $3.4 billion, and supporting countless non-economic benefits such as clean … Read More

Loggers, Mountain Bikers and a Tiki Bar: Vermont’s New Working Landscape

Loggers, Mountain Bikers and a Tiki Bar: Vermont’s New Working Landscape

June 8, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Forest and recreation industries align on East Burke’s Kingdom Trails Sawmills were East Burke’s first industry, bringing brave and adventurous souls to the northern reaches of Vermont to work, establish farms and, eventually, build the local school, church and meeting house that would become the … Read More