Workforce development critical to sustain local food economy

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

Vermont Forest Industry Promotion Request for Proposal

Vermont Forest Industry Promotion Request for Proposal

January 4, 2018Other News

The Vermont Forest Products Program at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund seeks public relations proposals to raise the profile of the broad, diverse forest products industry among Vermonters and visitors from across New England.   ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund is a non-profit organization committed to nurturing the sustainable development of Vermont’s economy. … Read More

Vermont’s workforce dilemma

Vermont’s workforce dilemma

November 14, 2017Staff Articles

By: Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund 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 … Read More

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

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

Economic Development in the Local Food Economy

Economic Development in the Local Food Economy

October 10, 2017Staff Articles

By: Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund 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 … Read More

Vermont seizes climate change economic growth and resource renewal opportunities

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

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Environmental Policy

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Environmental Policy

August 15, 2017Other News

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund is committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business. It is our policy to seek continual improvement throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water, and other … Read More

Rooted in Vermont: Uniting all Vermonters around Local Food

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

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