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 Kelly NottermannPress 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 sunflowers to help provide biodiesel power

Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel power

September 17, 2014By Kelly NottermannPress Releases

Beautiful fields of sunflowers growing in Newbury and Shaftsbury, Vermont will have an unusual future: the flowers’ seeds will be converted to biodiesel and livestock feed. The fuel will be used in Green Mountain Power’s fleet of vehicles and for building heating, saving Green Mountain Power customers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other … 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 Kelly NottermannPress 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 Kelly NottermannPress 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 Kelly NottermannPress 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

Farm Fresh Fuel Project: Growing Our Own Biodiesel

Farm Fresh Fuel Project: Growing Our Own Biodiesel

December 17, 2012By Kelly NottermannPress Releases

A small revolution is happening in Grand Isle County, in the northwestern corner of Vermont. On a rainy Saturday in December, a small crowd gathered in Roger Rainville’s dairy barn-turned-energy lab. They were dairy farmers, organic growers, and landowners, but this year, this group of ten growers also tried their hand at making their own … Read More