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Ice House becomes first Vermont goat dairy to get AWA Grassfed Certified

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



GOSHEN — Ice House Farm in Goshen is the first Vermont goat dairy to win the Certified Grassfed accreditation from A Greener World, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainability. The farm was also awarded AGW’s Animal Welfare Approved certification for both its goats and its pasture-raised flock of chickens, which includes Welsummers, Marans, Speckled Sussex, Araucanas and other assorted breeds.

The Grassfed certification means that animals are:

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Love of goats sparks creation of Goshen micro dairy

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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GOSHEN — On a gorgeous day in May, Goshen farmers Chad and Morgan Beckwith are taking their goats on a walk. The small herd follows along through the woods like a happy pack of large shaggy dogs, browsing on everything in sight. Partway through the walk, Morgan hears an urgent bleating that can only mean one thing. Calliope — a one-year-old French-Alpine “show goat” from New Hampshire and the newest addition to Ice House Farm — is about to kid for the first time.

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Migrant workers share their stories at Middlebury forum

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Area residents this past Sunday got a rare glimpse into the lives of two Addison County migrant farm workers who shared their thoughts and experiences as part of a community forum at the Congregational Church of Middlebury.

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University of Vermont extends youth ag program deadline to May 15

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — The Youth Agricultural Individual Development Account (IDA) Program, a collaboration of University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, has extended its deadline to May 15 for applications for its next program cycle.

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Vergennes farmers' market on the move

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Farmers Market is making plans to move this spring from its longtime home on the city green to the Kennedy Brothers building parking lot further north on Main Street, according to new volunteer managers Christopher and Sandy Reck.

The Recks — who sell pies at the market — met with the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday to discuss any city permissions that might be needed and to explain their decision.

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Labor tops dairy concerns: Local farmers tell Rep. Welch their frustrations with federal policy

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Congressman Peter Welch arrived in Middlebury last Thursday ready to hear county dairy farmers’ ideas for improving the next farm bill — in particular ways to fix the current farm bill’s underperforming program to help the dairy farmers survive plunging milk prices.

But the price of milk and the Margin Protection Program’s failure to help Vermont’s dairies wasn’t at the top of anyone’s talking points.

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Citizens United and gerrymandering linked to D.C. gridlock

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — At a Thursday forum where Rep. Peter Welch listened to the farmers’ concerns, the Vermont Democrat also provided some insights into how the fiercely partisan environment in Washington, D.C., is making it hard to legislate sensibly.

Among factors contributing to the “can-don’t” atmosphere in Washington are the huge influx in outside funds made possible by the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” campaign contributions decision, Welch said.

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Sugaring season comes to a sweet conclusion

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



ADDISON COUNTY — With a bout of summer-like weather early this week following a long, cold spring, Addison County’s sugarmakers are shutting down their evaporators and plucking taps from their budding maple trees.

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Climate may challenge sugarmakers: Maples at risk from global warming

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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ADDISON COUNTY — Earlier this week, in the hills of Starksboro and Huntington, wind whipped audibly through Hillsboro Sugarworks’ 15,000 sugar maples. Light rain tapped on the roof of the 1979 sugarhouse and dripped onto the ground. Sue Folino, co-owner of the operation with her husband, Dave, eyed the quivering trees warily.

“It’s days like this that can rip the forest apart,” she said.

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Monkton berry farm turning over a new leaf: Land conserved as young couple launches new enterprise

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Forty-four years ago, a young couple bought 108 acres on Davis Road in Monkton and started dairy farming. Over the years the farm changed its focus to berries and became beloved throughout the community as Norris Berry Farm.

This spring a new young couple will begin farming those same acres.

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