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New Board members at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

New Board members at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Posted on August 18, 2016

Economic development, environmental sustainability, and renewable energy professionals appointed to Board of Directors at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

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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

Posted on July 08, 2016

Anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College can be replicated by colleges and municipalities nationwide to keep excess nutrients out of watersheds and food residuals out of landfills while generating renewable electricity

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Eden Specialty Ciders ready to grow with working capital from the Flexible Capital Fund

Eden Specialty Ciders ready to grow with working capital from the Flexible Capital Fund

Posted on May 11, 2016

Core Northeast Kingdom food business and hard cider producer, Eden Specialty Ciders, plans to increase profitability with financing package to grow operations and hire new staff

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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

Posted on February 26, 2016

Vermont Law School research commissioned by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will help reach biodiesel goals of Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan

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Vermont at five year mark implementing Farm to Plate food system plan

Vermont at five year mark implementing Farm to Plate food system plan

Posted on January 22, 2016

2015 Farm to Plate Annual Report reviews progress and challenges facing Vermont’s food system from economic, social and environmental perspectives

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Board appointments at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Board appointments at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Posted on December 29, 2015

Andrea Cohen named to VSJF Board of Directors; Janice St. Onge named to Clean Energy Development Fund Board

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Flexible Capital Fund invests $600,000 in royalty financing to two growing Vermont companies

Flexible Capital Fund invests $600,000 in royalty financing to two growing Vermont companies

Posted on November 19, 2015

Northern Reliability and Pulmac Systems International join Flex Fund’s socially responsible investment portfolio to generate economic growth in Vermont renewable energy and natural resource efficiency sectors

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Soil regeneration and clean water touted as foundation for healthy food at annual Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering

Soil regeneration and clean water touted as foundation for healthy food at annual Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering

Posted on November 06, 2015

Farm to Plate Network concludes fourth year of work implementing Vermont’s food system plan by exploring connections between the health of soil and water to the long term productivity and sustainability of local food production

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Ellen Kahler Honored with Inaugural Con Hogan Award

Ellen Kahler Honored with Inaugural Con Hogan Award

Posted on October 16, 2015

VSJF executive director recognized for creative, entrepreneurial, community leadership

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Ellen Kahler, Head of Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, to Receive 2015 Art Gibb Award

Ellen Kahler, Head of Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, to Receive 2015 Art Gibb Award

Posted on September 16, 2015

Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, recognized in September for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural economy depends. She receives the award at the 2015 VNRC annual meeting.

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Vermont’s Food System: Relocalize it!

Vermont’s Food System: Relocalize it!

Posted on February 17, 2015

Statewide “Farm to Plate” collaboration is creating jobs, boosting the economy, and making more local food available for Vermonters

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Vermont Businesses call for more ‘Livable Jobs’

Vermont Businesses call for more ‘Livable Jobs’

Posted on January 30, 2015

Statehouse press conference highlights Vermont businesses committed to being livable wage employers

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What is the food system and why does it matter?

What is the food system and why does it matter?

Posted on January 26, 2015

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.

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Farm & Food Tech Social Meet-up at Generator in Burlington, VT

Farm & Food Tech Social Meet-up at Generator in Burlington, VT

Posted on December 30, 2014

Makers, Hackers, Farmers, Foodies & Techies invited to explore economic and innovation opportunities in Vermont’s farm and food sector at Generator’s January Social Hour

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New job numbers, economic growth, and food justice conversations are focus at Vermont’s Farm to Plate Annual Gathering

New job numbers, economic growth, and food justice conversations are focus at Vermont’s Farm to Plate Annual Gathering

Posted on October 31, 2014

Farm to Plate Network shares results and explores key issues facing Vermont’s food system in statewide work implementing Vermont’s ten year plan to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters

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Flexible Capital Fund reaches capitalization goal of $4 million

Flexible Capital Fund reaches capitalization goal of $4 million

Posted on October 07, 2014

U.S. Treasury awards $600,000 to fully capitalize the Flexible Capital Fund to make more royalty financing investments available for growing Vermont agriculture, forestry and clean technology companies

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Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel power

Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel power

Posted on September 17, 2014

Green Mountain Power, UVM Extension and the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative collaborate on farm energy project

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Farm to Plate Task Force to launch Slow Money Vermont

Farm to Plate Task Force to launch Slow Money Vermont

Posted on August 26, 2014

Slow Money founder, Woody Tasch, to speak at Slow Money Vermont launch event to connect entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers and share vision for 21st Century Main Street investing to support a viable and sustainable agricultural economy in Vermont and the region

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Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund announces Board of Director changes

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund announces Board of Director changes

Posted on July 16, 2014

Patricia Moulton, Cairn Cross and Nick Richardson are new to Board; William Murray re-appointed by Governor Shumlin; David Marvin completes 6 years of service

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Vermont Bioenergy Initiative releases report on grass heating energy potential in Vermont and the Northeast

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative releases report on grass heating energy potential in Vermont and the Northeast

Posted on May 08, 2014

Grass biomass could make a sizeable contribution to Vermont’s heating needs over time, and could be part of the renewable energy mix required to meet the state’s goal to meet 90% of Vermont’s energy needs through renewable energy and increased efficiency by 2050

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Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont

Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont

Posted on April 24, 2014

The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative offers local perspective in response to recent ethanol news and shares new statewide bioenergy website resource

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Flexible Capital Fund Invests $250,000 in WallGoldfinger

Flexible Capital Fund Invests $250,000 in WallGoldfinger

Posted on February 12, 2014

Vermont’s socially responsible investment fund helps Randolph, VT furniture company grow business, add jobs, and strengthen commitment to Vermont’s working landscape

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Vermont’s food and farm sector adds 2,200 new food system jobs

Vermont’s food and farm sector adds 2,200 new food system jobs

Posted on January 15, 2014

2013 Farm to Plate Annual Report releases food and farm economy growth numbers that, in 2013, surpass the predictions made for 2020

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Hard Cider, Spirits and Wine Section of Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Publlished

Hard Cider, Spirits and Wine Section of Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Publlished

Posted on January 02, 2014

Beer and Hops Chapter is also re-published on Vermont's food systems planning website: The VT Food Atlas

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Second VT Company Denied on Shark Tank Gets Financed by the Flex Fund

Second VT Company Denied on Shark Tank Gets Financed by the Flex Fund

Posted on November 14, 2013

A $250,000 socially responsible investment will help The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company expand from residential to industrial location with royalty financing by the Flexible Capital Fund to increase manufacturing jobs and support Vermont’s working landscape supply chain

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New board members and chair at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

New board members and chair at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Posted on November 05, 2013

Charlotte and Middlebury residents named to the statewide non-profit legislatively tasked with accelerating Vermont’s green economy; South Hero resident named board chair

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Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund hires team to advance grass energy as a replacement for fossil fuels

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund hires team to advance grass energy as a replacement for fossil fuels

Posted on August 14, 2013

The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative draws the connection between diversified agriculture and renewable energy production in the form of biofuels

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Vermont agribusiness service providers expand to include wood product industry

Vermont agribusiness service providers expand to include wood product industry

Posted on August 07, 2013

Vermont Farm Viability Program and Vermont Agriculture Development Program partner to serve forestry sector businesses

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Way to Go! Cuts Carbon Among Vermont Commuters

Way to Go! Cuts Carbon Among Vermont Commuters

Posted on July 08, 2013

Thousands of Vermont commuters participated in the 2013 Way to Go! Challenge, cutting 133 tons of carbon emissions in one week by finding alternative ways to get to work.

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The Vermont Food System Atlas Launches!

The Vermont Food System Atlas Launches!

Posted on June 03, 2013

There’s an exciting new tool for exploring Vermont’s food system – the Vermont Food System Atlas! The Food Atlas is the digital platform for advancing the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, a ten-year plan assembled by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to strengthen Vermont’s food system.

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Socially Responsible Investing Bakes Up Vermont Cookies

Socially Responsible Investing Bakes Up Vermont Cookies

Posted on April 05, 2013

The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund L3C (The Flex Fund) announces specialty food producers, Liz Lovely, Inc., as the fifth investment in an expanding, mission based royalty financing portfolio committed to growing Vermont food system, forest product, and renewable energy companies by providing “equity-like” loans that are repaid through revenue sharing.

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Vermont Bioenergy Now!

Vermont Bioenergy Now!

Posted on March 19, 2013

Nine new videos created by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund document the people, feedstocks, and fuels of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative. These videos draw the connection between diversified agriculture, sustainable systems and renewable energy production. Check out these awesome clips today!

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Conference: Connecting Food System Education with Employers

Conference: Connecting Food System Education with Employers

Posted on January 22, 2013

More than one hundred food system educators, state officials, students, and business people met on Tuesday, January 15, to discuss how to better prepare students for careers in Vermont's expanding food system economy.

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Farm Fresh Fuel Project: Growing Our Own Biodiesel

Farm Fresh Fuel Project: Growing Our Own Biodiesel

Posted on December 17, 2012

On a rainy Saturday in December, a small crowd gathered in Roger Rainville’s dairy barn-turned-energy lab. They were dairy farmers, organic growers, and landowners, but this year, this group of ten growers also tried their hand at making their own biodiesel fuel.

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Farmers to You LLC Helps Expand Regional Food System

Farmers to You LLC Helps Expand Regional Food System

Posted on November 16, 2012

The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund is pleased to announce our most recent investment in Farmers to You LLC (FTY). FTY is a web-based direct marketer and distributor of Vermont-produced craft and artisanal food, distributing food from over 30 Vermont farmers to more than 375 Boston area families with weekly deliveries arranged through the FTY website. The Flex Fund’s investment will be used to support FTY's expansion and relocation to a new, larger hub facility, the purchase of additional equipment, addition of key staff, and the streamlining of their website and ordering system.

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Farm to Plate Annual Gathering: Taking Stock and Moving Ahead

Farm to Plate Annual Gathering: Taking Stock and Moving Ahead

Posted on October 23, 2012

From the expansion of Black River Produce to include a 50,000 square foot meat processing facility and the 19 value-added food producers crafting away at the Mad River Food Hub, to Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s “Lunchbox” mobile farmers’ market and the emergence of several large in-state milk processors, Vermonters are working to “save the world in our own little way” says Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. These were just some of the developments that flew fast and furious at the Annual Farm to Plate Network Gathering on October 9th and 10th, 2012 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT.

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Bourne's Energy Opens Biodiesel Blending Plant

Bourne's Energy Opens Biodiesel Blending Plant

Posted on October 19, 2012

With the support of a Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund grant from the US Dept of Energy and the Office of Senator Patrick Leahy, Bourne's Energy of Morrisville has recently completed the build-out of an injection blending operation for biodiesel. At this state-of-the-art facility the company is now supplying B5, B10, B20 and B99.9 blends of its heating and transportation fuels.

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Kickstart Compost Heat Recovery

Kickstart Compost Heat Recovery

Posted on October 12, 2012

Highfields has launched a kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund a Compost Heat Recovery Research System. This exciting project will develop new technology to yield a second value from the composting process -– renewable energy in the form of recovered heat. Your support will be an investment in renewable energy innovation that farmers in our communities can utilize. This is technology and innovation by the people and for the people. Read more and back this important project!

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New Farmland Leasing Publications!

New Farmland Leasing Publications!

Posted on July 26, 2012

Land for Good has 4 new publications: Two full-service guides and two shorter pamphlets target private, municipal and institutional landowners. They focus on helping "non-farming" owners and managers of agricultural properties bring their land into productive agricultural uses.

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Aegis Wind LLC stays and grows in Vermont with help from VSJF Flex Fund

Aegis Wind LLC stays and grows in Vermont with help from VSJF Flex Fund

Posted on May 03, 2012

The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund (the “Flex Fund”) is pleased to announce our most recent investment in Aegis Wind LLC, a community scale wind integrator based in Waitsfield, Vermont. Aegis designs, installs, and services small scale wind turbine systems throughout the northeast.

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