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County dairy farmers give Welch the lay of the land

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — This Tuesday, in a bright, airy room at Ferrisburgh’s Kimball Brook Farm, Congressman Peter Welch perched on a chair in a suit and wool socks and listened to owners Cheryl and J.D. DeVos speak about the dairy processing facility that they plan to open early this summer.

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Renowned journalist urges food reform

Posted on February 21, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — Montpelier is the only state capital in the country without a McDonald’s restaurant.

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State puts raw-milk classes on hold

Posted on February 21, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Two years ago, dairy farmers and advocacy groups across the state celebrated a victory when the state passed Act 62, the Raw Milk Bill, allowing farmers to sell small amounts of raw milk directly to consumers.

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Writing contest celebrates farming life

Posted on February 14, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MONKTON — Students at Monkton Central School recently got a special treat: Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, an author from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, came by to do writing workshops with the students and judge the William C. Shattuck Farming in Monkton writing contest.

Contest founders Eugenie Doyle and Sam Burr run Last Resort Farm in Monkton on land that they purchased from Bill Shattuck. His family had owned the land for 150 years before he sold it, and after his death, Doyle said she and her husband wanted to find a way to memorialize him.

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Dakin Farm owner wins maple award

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — Forget apples — in this case, you could say the sap doesn’t fall far from the maple tree.

Sam Cutting IV, president of Vermont foods retailer Dakin  Farm, recently received the “2010 Maple Person of the Year Award” from the Vermont Maple Industry Council, a group formed to promote and protect the branding of Vermont maple syrup. He’s following in the footsteps of his father, Sam Cutting III, who won the same award 25 years ago.

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Table Talk: Tamales...in Addison County?

Posted on January 31, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Shoreham resident Blanca Flores wasn’t prepared for the snow when she moved to Vermont from El Salvador in the winter of 2006.

She also wasn’t prepared for the food.

At the time, her husband, who had already been working in the United States for about nine years, was a farmhand at Kayhart Farms in Waltham. That was where Flores first encountered things like baked beans and peanut butter — foods she’d never come across back home.

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Dairy farmers await court decision

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County dairy farmers may stand to receive some cold, hard cash, pending the U.S. District Court of Vermont’s approval of a settlement agreement submitted in late December.

The Dean Foods Company and representative dairy farmers are waiting for court approval on a $30 million settlement that the two parties signed last month, which would conclude one part of a months-long class-action suit that accused three companies of price-fixing and illegal monopolizing of the Northeast dairy market.

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Vt. Farm Bureau sets legislative priorities

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Members of the Vermont Farm Bureau meeting last week in Montpelier to outline their five legislative priorities for the 2011 sessions, said they are looking to a new governor and a refreshed legislature to address the most pressing agricultural issues in the state.

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Plan looks to boost agricultural sector

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MONTPELIER — Agriculture employs an estimated one in six people in Vermont. On Wednesday a statewide economic development organization  released a strategic plan that looks to strengthen this critical component of Vermont’s economy.

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s “Farm to Plate Strategic Plan” — 18 months in the making — lays out a roadmap to encourage growth and new infrastructure in Vermont’s food and farm sector, create new jobs in that sector, and improve access to healthy, locally produced foods.

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Shumlin discusses future of dairy in county

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON — One Tuesday late last month, the Addison firehouse was full of dairy farmers — most from Addison County, and some from farther afield — having a long talk with Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin about the future of farming.

“We needed to see what was coming down the pipe,” said Phil Livingston, a New Haven dairy farmer and co-president of the Addison County Young Farmers group, which organized the event.

He, along with his co-presidents John Chamberlain and Derrick Dykstra, hold monthly events for the group, covering a range of topics related to the dairy business.

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