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

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, 2017By Rachel CarterPress 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, 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

Vermont seizes climate change economic growth and resource renewal opportunities

Vermont seizes climate change economic growth and resource renewal opportunities

September 19, 2017By Rachel CarterPress 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, 2017By Rachel CarterOther 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, 2017By Rachel CarterPress 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 leadership announced at Vermont Farm to Plate

New leadership announced at Vermont Farm to Plate

April 25, 2017By Rachel CarterPress 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

Vermont Bioenergy Final Report Released

Vermont Bioenergy Final Report Released

February 20, 2017By Rachel CarterOther News

The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative spanned eight years of activity, from 2008 to 2016. Over that time, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund had the pleasure of collaborating with a number of bioenergy innovators and early adopters, talented consultants, and thought partners. The purpose of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative (VBI) was to foster the development of sustainable, … Read More

New initiative launches to create jobs, expand Vermont forest products industry

New initiative launches to create jobs, expand Vermont forest products industry

November 2, 2016By Rachel CarterPress Releases

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund has launched a new initiative to assist the forest products industry in creating and retaining quality jobs and opening additional markets for locally produced wood products. A collaboration between the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, the Northern Forest Center, and the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board, the new Forest Products Value … Read More

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

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

July 8, 2016By Rachel CarterPress 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

New Resource for Farmers: A Legal and Regulatory Overview of On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont

February 26, 2016By Rachel CarterPress 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