• Forests, Filtration and Farms, Vermont Company Bets on Biochar to Clean Up Lake Champlain

    By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Luke Persons and Roger Pion wanted to start a business, preferably one that kept them connected to the forested working landscape in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. With backgrounds in logging, excavating and trucking, the friends had heard...

  • Farm to Plate: Vermont Food Co-ops Talk Local Food

    It’s a safe bet that no matter where one finds themselves in Vermont, they’re not too far away from a Vermont food co-op. Boasting the highest number of stores per capita, Vermont’s 15 food co-ops have established themselves as pillars of their communities along with...

  • DeltaClimeVT Energy 2019 Announces Cohort Companies

    DeltaClimeVT (formerly Accel-VT), a Vermont business accelerator managed by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, just announced the selection of seven early-stage energy companies from across the U.S. and Canada to participate in its Energy 2019 cohort. The Vermont business accelerator will kick off the first...

  • 2018 Emerging Woodworker of the Year, Towards Nightfall, Finds Home in Vermont

    Neither Jared Williams nor Catherine Emil planned to stay in Vermont after graduation, but “felt it was impossible to leave...

  • Ski the Trees, Protect the Forests

    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...

  • Danielle Fitzko Named Vermont’s New Director of Forests

    By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Meet Danielle Fitzko, the state’s new Director of Forests and the first woman to hold the position. Danielle, or Danny to her friends and colleagues, spent the last 15 years growing the Urban and Community Forestry Program,...

  • Vermont Farm to Plate requests reauthorization from Legislature

    2018 Farm to Plate Annual Report provides latest impacts of Vermont’s food system plan and lays out groundwork for continuing beyond 2020.  MONTPELIER, VT. – Representatives of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network and staff at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund presented the 2018 Farm to...

  • DeltaClimeVT announces Ag & Food Tech winners

    Eight climate solution entrepreneurs graduated from the Vermont business accelerator to help solve agriculture and food technology challenges while honing business models for success.  SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – DeltaClimeVT, a business accelerator providing support, mentorship, and access to capital for early stage companies committed to climate...

  • A Year in the Life of a Christmas Tree at Russell Farm

    David Russell walks through 365 days on a Vermont choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Most of us think about a Christmas tree for a few weeks in December, but David Russell, owner of Russell Christmas Tree Farm in...

  • Wood: Vermont’s Locally Grown, Renewable Fuel

    By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermonters have a long history of heating with wood, and most of us know there is nothing like the warmth of a well-stoked wood stove on a cold winter night. It is only in recent years,...

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

    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...

  • Local food consumption and job numbers surpass 2020 targets

    Over 250 members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convened November 1-2, 2018 at the eighth annual Farm to Plate Gathering in Killington where it was announced that local food and beverage consumption in 2017 by Vermonters increased to 12.9 percent, surpassing a 2020...