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 Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress 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

Vermont seizes climate change economic growth and resource renewal opportunities

Vermont seizes climate change economic growth and resource renewal opportunities

September 19, 2017By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress 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

Rooted in Vermont: Uniting all Vermonters around Local Food

Rooted in Vermont: Uniting all Vermonters around Local Food

June 28, 2017By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress 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 initiative launches to create jobs, expand Vermont forest products industry

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

November 2, 2016By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress 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 Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress 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 Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress 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

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

November 6, 2015By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

“Farm in nature’s image” was the takeaway message shared by Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist at the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) and keynote speaker at the fifth annual Farm to Plate Annual Gathering. Held annually at the end of October, the Gathering is the one time each year when the entire Farm to … Read More