“It’s a super exciting opportunity to showcase Vermont farms and food to a global audience,” said conference organizer, UVM’s Lisa Chase. “Many of the people coming to Vermont had never even heard of Vermont.”
Stephen Leslie: Where has all the water gone?
Worried about how much water a farm is using? Look to the soil.
On one Vermont dairy farm, the farmers churn but the devotion endures
A brother-and-sister duo have worked with animals since they were children, but they only had the idea of starting their own farm in May 2020. This summer, their butter will finally be ready for sale.
The Deeper Dig: Buzz’s quest for a hardy Vermont persimmon
Farmer Buzz Ferver wants to be the person to bring persimmons to Vermont’s cold growing climate. But his ambitions are broader — he’s developing a collection of nutritious nuts and seeds that can thrive in the region. It’s part climate project, part history project.
New law requires farmers and others to keep records of surface water withdrawals
In the face of climate change, lawmakers and state officials want to understand how much water businesses divert from streams and rivers. Farmers were required to start recording their usage on July 1.
Vermont Farm Show canceled for 3rd consecutive year
Board members cite vacancies and a lagging attendance rate for the cancellation and promise the show will be back up and running in 2024.
Amid mud season, a once-mired family farm discovers a viable road forward
Fifth-generation Vermont farmer Charles Robb Jr. was chainsawing a tree in 2004 when a flyaway branch shattered every bone in his face. But that didn’t hurt anything like what came next.
Dan Jones: We have to be open to a different conversation about farming
How are we going to be feeding ourselves, in the near future, if we don’t have the farms and farmers who are going to be producing the vegetables, along with the sustainably produced meats and grains that we need?
Environmental groups are pushing for more agriculture regulations. Farmers say they’re already strapped.
Leaders of several environmental groups want more regulation designed to protect local waters from farm pollution, but farmers say they’re already maxed out with clean water regulations.
Vermont Conversation: Can farmers survive?
Half of America’s 2 million farms made less than $300 in 2019, according to author Beth Hoffman. That’s a recipe for poverty, not success.
Vermont Land Trust receives $6 million gift to help farming and farmers
The money from the High Meadows Fund will go toward diversifying and boosting the viability of farming as well as helping local farms work against the effects of climate change.
Northeast lawmakers urge federal government to close organic loopholes
A letter signed by “nearly every lawmaker who represents the farmers impacted by Horizon’s withdrawal from the region” asks federal officials to close loopholes that put regional organic farms at a disadvantage.
Farm workforce act: A path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers, or indentured servitude?
The federal legislation would grant legal status to undocumented farmworkers and offer a path to citizenship, but Vermont organizations say it would limit farmworkers’ rights to unionization and legalization and trap them in economic vulnerability.
Farming collaborative plan looks to keep land accessible, open
Sanford-Long is one of the women leading a new initiative on the Holstein Stock Farm that brings farming, solar energy, recreation and housing together on the property. The White River Land Collaborative, as the effort has been dubbed, envisions its community-based land ownership structure as a model that will help young farmers continue the region’s agricultural legacy.