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

Ski the Trees, Protect the Forests

Ski the Trees, Protect the Forests

March 15, 2019By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Skiing backcountry terrain in Vermont is hardly a new idea. Originally a mode of transportation for Vermonters stranded by unpassable, snow-covered roads, skiing in the woods dates back to the early 1900s when visitors from Norway introduced the novel idea of strapping long, wooden slats … Read More

Fighting Climate Change One Rocking Chair at a Time: Vermont Woods Studios Makes a Case for Buying Local

Fighting Climate Change One Rocking Chair at a Time: Vermont Woods Studios Makes a Case for Buying Local

November 15, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund “Buy local” is a common refrain around Vermont, and many of us feel good about supporting small, independently-owned businesses, farms and restaurants around the state. For Peggy Farabaugh, owner of Vermont Woods Studios in Vernon, the idea has roots that are much deeper and farther … Read More

A Story of Respect and Resilience

A Story of Respect and Resilience

September 26, 2018By Jake ClaroStaff Articles

By Jake Claro, Vermont Farm to Plate Director One of the first things you notice at Molly Brook Farm is that Rhonda and Myles Goodrich call every single one of their 77 cows by name. “Move along Clover,” or “this way Charlotte” is heard in the milking parlor during the daily milking sessions. The Goodrichs, … Read More

Snug Valley Farm Finds Success in its Story

Snug Valley Farm Finds Success in its Story

September 6, 2018By Ellen KahlerStaff Articles

By Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director Vermont continues to lose dairy farms at a devastating rate – as of July the state had lost 66 this year alone. As dairy farmers struggle with whether or not they can survive in their current industry many look to what could be next. The Nottermann family, owners … Read More

Teaching the Trade: Vermont Schools Train the Next Generation of Loggers, Foresters, Builders, and Artists

Teaching the Trade: Vermont Schools Train the Next Generation of Loggers, Foresters, Builders, and Artists

August 30, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, forest program director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Like many trade occupations, woodworking was traditionally passed along from mentor to apprentice, one generation to the next. Young adults might have been introduced to the fundamentals of woodworking in high school shop class, producing the mandatory birdhouse or book shelf, but most who entered … Read More

The Face of Farming: Root Crops Abound at Burnt Rock Farm

The Face of Farming: Root Crops Abound at Burnt Rock Farm

August 10, 2018By Jake ClaroStaff Articles

By Ellen Kahler The following is the first installment in Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Face of Farming Series. The series will profile a variety of farmers throughout Vermont who are employing best practices, implementing innovative approaches and who together represent the evolving face of Vermont’s agricultural system.   Justin Rich has been farming the fertile … Read More

Lucas Jenson Makes the Case for Local Wood

Lucas Jenson Makes the Case for Local Wood

August 1, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund People in the forest products industry find their way to wood in different ways. For some, it’s a part of their family DNA. For others, it’s a passion. For Lucas Jenson, owner of The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop, it’s a vocation that aligns with … Read More