New Technology for Vermont’s Oldest Industry

New Technology for Vermont’s Oldest Industry

May 26, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

Start-Up Whiteout Solutions Piloting Forest Inventory and Mapping Technology in Northeast Kingdom By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Vermont’s first sawmill opened in 1738, nearly a century before the first chainsaw was invented, not to mention cars or telephones. And it was at least 150 years before that sawmill … Read More

From Cutting Boards to Cutting Face Shields, J.K. Adams Responds to COVID-19

From Cutting Boards to Cutting Face Shields, J.K. Adams Responds to COVID-19

April 29, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

One of Vermont’s oldest manufacturers shifts from wood products to personal protective equipment.   By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. As stay-at-home orders rippled through Vermont’s business community last month, one of the state’s oldest manufacturers, J.K. Adams began to experiment with cutting plastic instead of wood. “We have … Read More

For Vermont Entrepreneur, Wood Heat Fits Like a Glove

For Vermont Entrepreneur, Wood Heat Fits Like a Glove

February 17, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund As a young entrepreneur, Sam Hooper carefully considers every decision he makes for his business, and every dollar he spends. So when Hooper, who bought the hundred-year-old Vermont Glove last year, was faced with replacing the building’s ancient heating system, he did his homework. “We … Read More

Lumberjills Gain Skills, Confidence in Game of Logging

Lumberjills Gain Skills, Confidence in Game of Logging

January 20, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

Women-only trainings target growing number of female landowners in Vermont. By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund “Learning to use a chainsaw was the most empowering thing I have ever done,” said Caitlin Gosciminski, a natural resources major at the University of Vermont. Gosciminski was among ten women who participated in the … 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 17, 2019By 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

Forests, Filtration and Farms, Vermont Company Bets on Biochar to Clean Up Lake Champlain

Forests, Filtration and Farms, Vermont Company Bets on Biochar to Clean Up Lake Champlain

June 10, 2019By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Luke Persons and Roger Pion wanted to start a business, preferably one that kept them connected to the forested working landscape in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. With backgrounds in logging, excavating and trucking, the friends had heard about an emerging market for biochar, but knew little … Read More

2018 Emerging Woodworker of the Year, Towards Nightfall, Finds Home in Vermont

2018 Emerging Woodworker of the Year, Towards Nightfall, Finds Home in Vermont

April 15, 2019By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

Neither Jared Williams nor Catherine Emil planned to stay in Vermont after graduation, but “felt it was impossible to leave…in a good way.” After completing a four-semester immersion program at Vermont Woodworking School, the two friends intended to part ways, returning to their respective homes in New York and San Antonio, Texas. As they considered … Read More