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

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative releases report on grass heating energy potential in Vermont and the Northeast

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative releases report on grass heating energy potential in Vermont and the Northeast

May 8, 2014By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

A new report evaluating grass biomass energy as a potential heating fuel has been released. Grass Energy in Vermont and the Northeast summarizes current research on the agronomy and usage potential of grass as a biofuel, and points to next steps for the region to fully commercialize this opportunity. The report was released last week … Read More

Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont

Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont

April 24, 2014By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

A report published this week in Nature Climate Change indicated that ethanol made from corn residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, indicating the harvested leftovers from corn are “worse than gasoline for global warming,” according to the Associated Press, who released the study results. In Vermont the term “biofuel” and “bioenergy” are … Read More

From Local to Regional: Defining Vermont’s Foodshed

From Local to Regional: Defining Vermont’s Foodshed

March 24, 2014By Erica CampbellStaff Articles

Throughout the planning process developing Vermont’s “Farm to Plate” Strategic Plan, we heard many definitions about what the geographic boundaries of “local food” means to different people. Early localvores often used a 30, 50 or 100 mile radius, while others believe local to be a broader, more regional concept. Labeling food as local is important … Read More

The Vermont Food System Atlas Launches!

The Vermont Food System Atlas Launches!

June 3, 2013By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

There’s an exciting new tool for exploring Vermont’s food system – the Vermont Food System Atlas! The Food Atlas is the digital platform for advancing the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, a ten-year plan assembled by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to strengthen Vermont’s food system. Local food movements around the world are springing up … Read More