Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

September 1, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund In every industry, there are individuals who set the bar. In Vermont’s forest products industry, two of those individuals are Brian Lafoe and his son-in-law, Stan Parker, owners of Lafoe Logging. Last year, Lafoe Logging was named “Northeast Region Outstanding Logger” by The … Read More

Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

August 5, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

The Cold Hollow Carbon project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is the first co-op model in the country to successfully enter a voluntary carbon market. By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Long valued for timber, recreation, wildlife habitat, and solace, Vermont’s forests are being recognized for providing another, more global, … Read More

COVID-19, Community, and Curbside Pick-Up

COVID-19, Community, and Curbside Pick-Up

June 10, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

Upper Valley Produce Responds to New Needs of Vermont’s Food System By Geoff Robertson, Business Assistance Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund It’s no secret that the food industry has been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. The pandemic forced producers, farmers, and restaurants to adapt their business models—or close their doors—virtually overnight. In the middle … Read More

Farm to Plate Statement of Solidarity

Farm to Plate Statement of Solidarity

June 8, 2020By Jake ClaroStaff Articles

The Farm to Plate team at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund stands in solidarity with the Black and African American community in condemning the murders of and demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others.

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

Growing the Next Generation of Vermont Farmers

Growing the Next Generation of Vermont Farmers

May 21, 2020By Shane RogersStaff Articles

Young Farmers in Vermont Met with Challenges and Opportunities By Shane Rogers, Farm to Plate Communications Manager at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund The landscape of farming is changing throughout the country, and Vermont agriculture is by no means an exception. To see this borne out, one only has to look to the dairy industry … 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

Communications During COVID-19

Communications During COVID-19

April 13, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

Considerations and Tips for Communicating with External and Internal Audiences During COVID-19 By Kelly Nottermann, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Communications Director We are all connected and, now more than ever, we depend on one another for understanding, support and partnership to get through a worldwide event that none of us has ever experienced before. Some … Read More