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Dairy farmers urge reform in farm bill

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — If market reform measures do not pass in this year’s federal farm bill, Vermont dairy farms will have a hard time staying in business, local dairy farmers told Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., last Thursday morning.

Without dairy reform, said Marie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, “I just don’t understand how our little farms will survive this fall. The farms that were on the brink three months ago, I don’t know how they can look to the future.”

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Staff blog: Food systems on video

Posted on July 6, 2012 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



The UVM "Necessary [r]evolution for Sustainable Food Systems" last week was an afternoon-long, TEDx-style event that delved into policy, nutrition, education, and agriculture.

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Sustainable food systems on the table at UVM conference

Posted on July 6, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



BURLINGTON — Participants at a conference on sustainable agriculture in Burlington last Thursday were adamant about the need for change. University of Vermont Interim President John Bramley set the scene for the “Necessary [r]evolution for Sustainable Food Systems” conference.

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Virtual farmers market comes to Middlebury

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Lauren Davidson



MIDDLEBURY –– In an effort to support the local food industry, Middlebury College employee Francisca Drexel is taking grocery shopping online.

Drexel recently opened a local market for Middlebury College on yourfarmstand.com, a website that is run as an online version of local farmers’ markets.

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Farm bill negotiations put food aid on the line

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate approval of the 2012 farm bill last week has Vermont nutrition officials and advocates alike worried about funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps.

“The need for food (assistance) is at an all-time high,” said Jeanne Montross, executive director of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects in Middlebury. “Losses to the SNAP program are going to mean more people going hungry, and it’s going to lay an even higher burden on our food shelves.”

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Farm bill targets federal ag spending

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the 2012 federal Farm Bill. The second article, covering the bill’s possible impact on nutrition assistance programs, will appear in Monday’s edition.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the U.S. Senate approved its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, a five-year bill that determines funding and policy for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs — including some that could affect Vermont farmers and residents.

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Ferrisburgh students to tap maple trees

Posted on June 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday agreed to let supervised Ferrisburgh Central School students tap maple trees on the town-owned Union Meeting Hall property on Route 7 — with one provision.

The proposal came from FCS parent Nick Patch, who has a portable maple sugar house. Patch sought the board’s permission to tap the maples, which are about 400 yards from the school across the state highway.

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Legal hemp could net big money for farmers

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — At a meeting in Middlebury last Wednesday evening, the crowd was bullish on hemp as a cash crop.

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Ferrisburgh farmers bottle their own milk

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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HINESBURG/FERRISBURGH — There’s a new brand of organic milk hitting the shelves in stores around Vermont from a Ferrisburgh farm that after years producing high-quality milk is now also bottling it and sending it to retailers.

Kimball Brook Farm has been milking 200 Jersey and Holstein cows and selling to the national market for 15 years. But when Cheryl and J.D. DeVos flipped the switch at their small Hinesburg bottling plant on May 17, they were marking a major transition to processor and distributor of their own milk.

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New Brandon business mills alpaca fiber

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Find a need, and fill it — that’s the recipe for business success.

Ed and Deb Bratton saw firsthand the need for a local fiber mill after 10 years in business with Maple View Farm Alpacas on Adams Road in Brandon. Now, they hope their new venture, Vermont Fiber Mill and Studio, will pay off as well.

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