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Vermont: America’s Food Relocalization Laboratory

Vermont: America’s Food Relocalization Laboratory

Over the last decade, Vermont’s lawmakers, businesses, farmers, and schools have done more to re-localize its food system than any other state, bar none.

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P2P Client: Way Out Wax

P2P Client: Way Out Wax

Way Out Wax (WOW) founder Jim Rossiter began making tie-dyed pattern candles at Syracuse University in 1992, selling them at events, on the road, and then in a store in Burlington.

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Grantee: State Line Biofuels

Grantee: State Line Biofuels

State Line Biofuels is Vermont's first on-farm facility making biodiesel made from oilseed crops grown on-site.

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Grantees: Vermont's Oilseed Producers

Grantees: Vermont's Oilseed Producers

Meet Vermont's oilseed farmers, explore VBI research results, and try out tools developed for farmers and entrepreneurs to assess the economic viability of oil crop enterprises.

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Grantee: State Line Biofuels

Grantee: State Line Biofuels

On the forefront of oilseed crop growing in a northeastern climate, State Line Biofuels is Vermont’s first on-farm facility making biodiesel made from oilseed crops grown on-site and from neighboring farms.

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Grantee: Nava Bio-Energy

Grantee: Nava Bio-Energy

Nava Bio-Energy Ltd. is a small-commercial processor of vegetable oil-based biodiesel. Utilizing the transesterification process, the plant has a production capacity of 400 gallons per day from equipment designed by the founder and president, Winston Sadoo and built by the company’s engineering technician Richard Small.

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Grantee: Rainbow Valley Biodiesel

Grantee: Rainbow Valley Biodiesel

Rainbow Valley is expanding on-farm biodiesel production capacity in Vermont, while helping to reduce the amount of petroleum fuel needed to operate their farm.

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Grantee: UVM Extension, Oilseed Crops

Grantee: UVM Extension, Oilseed Crops

Explore Oilseed Crop Research and Technical Assistance provided by UVM Extension.

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Grantee: Borderview Research Farm

Grantee: Borderview Research Farm

Borderview Research Farm provides farmers from Vermont and New England with opportunities to see first hand how to economically grow, harvest, clean, dry, and efficiently process oilseed crops for biodiesel production for on-farm use.

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Grantee: Renewable Energy Resources

Grantee: Renewable Energy Resources

Renewable Energy Resources, Inc. (RER) is a biomass energy company with the mission to produce thermal energy from grass biomass. Grass biomass can be produced locally, normally within a 30-mile radius of a customer’s facility, thus providing a low-cost, sustainable fuel supply with the benefit that the money will stay in the community to create local jobs.

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Grantees: Commercial Availability

Grantees: Commercial Availability

Two commercial fuel dealers received grants through the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative to increase the availability biodiesel blends (B5 and higher) in Vermont for heating fuel, transportation fuel, or both.

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Grantees: Biomass-to-Biofuels Course Development

Grantees: Biomass-to-Biofuels Course Development

In order to advance bioenergy educational opportunities in Vermont, VSJF awarded grants to the University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College for the development of biomass-to-biofuels course curriculum. These courses provided students, farmers, entrepreneurs, and others with the educational foundation and hands-on technical skills necessary to develop Vermont’s biomass-to-biofuels market.

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Grantee: Renewable Energy of Vermont

Grantee: Renewable Energy of Vermont

Renewable Energy of Vermont (REV) received VBI grant funding to increase bioenergy educational and networking activities through the REV newsletter, local media articles and public awareness efforts. In addition, Vermont’s renewable energy trade association provided industry support through its Biofuels Working Group, made substantive website improvements, and continues to include biomass and bioenergy topics in its annual Fall Conference.

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P2P Client: Vermont Smoke & Cure

P2P Client: Vermont Smoke & Cure

Named a local Vermont food treasure in a recent Boston Globe article, touted by Gourmet magazine as having a “pepperoni that makes a delightful hors d’oeuvre”, and featured on the Food Network’s Road Tasted with the Neelys, Vermont Smoke and Cure (VSC) has been generating a lot of buzz lately.

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P2P Client: Union Street Media

P2P Client: Union Street Media

A passion for Vermont and community, a drive to use technology to help their customers leverage the power of the internet, and a philosophy that creative, hard working people are a businesses’ greatest asset led three enterprising young partners to form Union Street Media (USM) in a dorm room at Middlebury College in 1999.

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Grantee: Green Technologies, LLC

Grantee: Green Technologies, LLC

As a chemistry professor, Scott Gordon brought his expertise to bear at the University of Vermont by building a 60 gallon prototype biodiesel processor in 2004. Gordon soon branched out on his own with Green Technologies, Inc., a waste vegetable oil biodiesel producer.

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P2P Client: MSI, Inc.

P2P Client: MSI, Inc.

Scattered among 4 buildings in Morrisville and Hyde Park, the employees of Manufacturing Solutions Inc. (MSI) assemble a myriad of products for customers such as Concept 2’s rowers and blades and components of Blodgett ovens, in a LEAN manufacturing environment. Started in 1996 by Garret Hirchak and his wife Beth Salvas, MSI has become one of Morrisville’s largest employers with over 77 employees.

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Grantee: NOFA-VT: Organic Seed Production TA Program

Grantee: NOFA-VT: Organic Seed Production TA Program

In 2002, the passage of the National Organic Certification Law fueled an increase in the demand for certified organic seed. Seed companies nationwide were desperate to find organic seed to meet this increased demand.

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Grantee: Vermont Cheese Council

Grantee: Vermont Cheese Council

Autumn oak. Maple smoked Gouda. Cider smoked Plymouth. No, these are not the orange, simulated “cheeses” that many of us were raised on. The Vermont Cheese Council represents a transition from commodity to value-added agricultural production, which yields a higher rate of return for farmers and a more diverse range of products for consumers.

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Grantee: Vermont Employee Ownership Center

Grantee: Vermont Employee Ownership Center

Many of Vermont’s entrepreneurs are closing in on retirement and they’re looking for options to exit their business – such as selling to another Vermont owner, employee ownership, or passing it on to a family member. The Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC) is one organization in Vermont dedicated to helping Vermont companies move successfully into employee ownership and stay in Vermont.

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Grantee: Vermont Builds Greener

Grantee: Vermont Builds Greener

The Vermont Builds Greener Program, an initiative of Building for Social Responsibility, certifies that residential buildings are constructed to sustainable standards for citing and land use, building design, quality and durability, energy use, resource impacts, occupant health and education.

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Grantee: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The On-Farm Seed Oil Study was a research and development project designed to understand the production of oilseeds in Vermont’s cold climate. The purpose of the project was to help detail the costs and benefits for farmers interested in increasing their energy security using their own resources.

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