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Help shape the 'future of farming' at Farm Bureau meeting Oct. 16

Posted on October 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Addison County legislators will present information and answer questions on Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Addison County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Vergennes.

Part of this meeting will be used to develop resolutions that will be sent on to the Vermont Farm Bureau for adoption. Those are then forwarded to American Farm Bureau.

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New hands take over on Monkton farm; Land Trust keeps 'prime' ag soil in ag

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Young Nathan Baldwin, all of three years old, races happily through the dairy barn on the farm formerly run by the Cota brothers, stopping to hug a few weeks’ old heifers. They nudge back playfully.

Outside the barn, some of dad Matt Baldwin’s mature Jerseys and Holsteins move through the grass, grazing peacefully. Looking south — past a small mountain of plastic-wrapped haylage —  green fields stretch toward the horizon, hugging Hogback Ridge to the east.

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Is hemp Vermont's next big crop? Middlebury farm plants marijuana cousin

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — While lawmakers in Montpelier argue over marijuana legalization, Middlebury dairy farmers Joel Pomainville and Sam Berthiaume are readying harvest of a cousin of marijuana — hemp — that promoters hope could be a new cash crop for Vermont farmers.

“The potential is so huge on this stuff,” said Berthiaume.

Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts, who toured Pomainville and Berthiaume’s 13 acres of hemp on Monday morning, said hemp could be a supplement crop for Vermont’s dairy farmers, like maple syrup.

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Koehler turns pocket orchard into award-winning ice cider

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Cocktail-culture is back. But you already know that.

We’ve seen craft cideries, breweries, wineries, distilleries and specialty cocktail bars pop up and grow all around our county and state in the last five to 10 years. But have you ever wondered why these specialty libations have become so popular?

Brad Koehler, owner of Windfall Orchard, has a few theories.

Koehler’s in the craft alcohol biz. He uses the fruit he grows in Cornwall to make high-quality hard cider, ice wine and perry (similar to hard cider, but made from pears).

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Bridport farmer leaps into robotic milking

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRIDPORT — Today more than ever, technology is interwoven into our daily lives, and recently is becoming a key player on Vermont dairy farms.

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2018 Farm Bill debate is under way

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BURLINGTON — Hearings, discussions and debates are well underway for the 2018 Farm Bill, the massive legislation that drives federal farm and food policy — effectively touching almost every person in Vermont.

“Now is the time. The nuts and bolts of putting this bill together is very much happening as we speak,” said Tom Berry, Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Vermont-based advisor on agricultural and natural resource issues.

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Farm stands offer fresh picks for hungry localvores

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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Drive along any backroad in Addison County, and you’re bound to find yourself passing long lines of corn, spots of tomatoes, meandering cows and in the fall, fields speckled with pumpkins and gourds. Somewhere on the farm, you can almost always count on a wooden stand with a colorful awning to hold an abundance of the crops grown on those fields.

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Bristol's Hill wins scholarship from Agri-Mark

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — In order to provide financial assistance to their farm family owners, Agri-Mark Family Farms typically offer 10 post-secondary education scholarships of $1,000 each.

Members of Agri-Mark farm families are encouraged to apply and are judged based on their community activities, school activities, financial need, dairy activities and career objective. The applications are judged by the three Young Cooperator Program Officers and the three program advisors, who are also members of the board of directors.

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Scarlet color highlights county's apple harvest

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Midway through the 2017 harvest, Addison County apple growers are expecting a good to average season with one area orchardist calling it a “bumper crop.”

 This year’s crop has been blessed and hampered with early rains and some spots of hail. Temperatures in the 80s and 90s the past few weeks have orchardists hoping the hot streak ends so apples can be picked before they over-ripen and drop.

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Vermont to be represented at the Big E

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Some Addison County businesses will be featured this week in the State Building at the Big E — New England’s largest agricultural fair.

Vermont will once again share its culture and heritage with more than 1 million attendees at the Big E. The fair kicked off last weekend in West Springfield, Mass., and will run through Oct. 1.

Among the Vermont companies that will be featured in the Vermont Building:

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