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

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

September 15, 2015By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will be recognized this week for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural economy depends. Kahler, of Starksboro, will receive the Art Gibb Award for Individual Leadership from the Vermont Natural Resources … Read More

Vermont’s Food System: Relocalize it!

Vermont’s Food System: Relocalize it!

February 17, 2015By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

The local food movement has been capturing media attention all across the country. Vermont, in many ways, is serving as the pace setter for focused, coordinated activity that is driving job and food business creation, economic output, and finding creative ways for all Vermonters to participate in this renaissance of ‘relocalized’ food. “In 2009, when … Read More

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

October 31, 2014By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

Every October, food system leaders and innovators who comprise the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convene to review the progress towards implementing the State of Vermont’s Farm to Plate Strategic Plan and learn about the next set of challenges facing Vermont’s evolving food system. Approximately 300 individuals representing all facets of Vermont’s farm and food … Read More