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Ferrisburgh farmer turns back time to generate power

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — From a distance, the vertical green panels revolving in a back field at Boundbrook Farm in Ferrisburgh look more like an art installation than a piece of farm equipment.

But don’t be deceived: Come spring, the unconventional windmill will pump as many as 150 gallons of water a minute into farmer Erik Andrus’s 5-acre rice paddy, day in and day out.

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Shoreham Winery launches local libations

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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SHOREHAM — In the burgeoning homegrown Vermont wine market Shoreham Winery is the newest player.

But the business, which acquired its commercial winery license last year and debuted at this fall’s Tour de Farms bike event, has been percolating for seven years now, ever since owner Greg Borah planted his first vines.

“You plant the grapes and then you realize, ‘In three years’ time, I’m going to have a harvest. I’d better know what to do with it,’” Borah said.

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Vermont Land Trust keeps 1,241 acres of county land open in 2011

Posted on January 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — By the end of this year, there will be 7,747 more acres of land in Vermont that will never be developed.

That’s the total acreage of new Vermont Land Trust conservation easement projects across the state, which includes 1,241 in Addison County. Among those who sold land were Harvey and Donna Smith, who run a diversified beef farm in New Haven, and siblings Karlene, Nancy and Randy DeVine, who sold land they’d inherited to neighboring farmers Jim and Jane Danyow in Ferrisburgh.

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Holiday turkey traditions hold strong for Vt. farmers

Posted on December 19, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — Despite the ever more chaotic rush for all things new and discounted during the holiday season, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed in years: the Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

Tradition held true this year, according to Addison County’s largest turkey producers, Misty Knoll Farm in New Haven and Stonewood Farm in Orwell. They say a sluggish economy hasn’t stifled the demand for Vermont-produced turkeys.

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Mexican consul's visit shines a light on county's hidden workers

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — A visit from the Mexican consul general last Saturday brought out hundreds of members of an often invisible population in Addison County.

In a fair-like atmosphere at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury, Mexican nationals — many of them workers on area dairy farms — applied for passports and ID cards, registered to vote, sought medical help and received guidance on labor rights and educational opportunities from staff of the Mexican Consulate in Boston and from various other organizations.

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A Mexican farmworker tells his own story

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — A normally hidden population was visible in Middlebury last Saturday, when Mexican nationals gathered to meet with Daniel Hernandez Joseph, consul general of Mexico in Boston, at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society.

Luis, who asked that his real name not be used to protect his privacy, was one of hundreds of farm workers who headed to Middlebury to get Mexican passports and paperwork, to ask questions, learn about their rights and obligations and to attend to basic medical needs.

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Farm Bill revisions up in the air as deadline nears

Posted on November 21, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — Vermonters are watching with bated breath as lawmakers in Washington, D.C., debate the next Farm Bill, a law renewed every five years that defines federal agricultural spending and legislation.

Or rather, Vermonters are trying to watch. Even those keeping tabs on the process, however, say they have little idea of what’s being discussed behind closed doors.

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Ag entrepreneurs seek sources of funding

Posted on November 14, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — A frozen vegetable operation. A bistro that serves up local, vegetarian foods. A wood chip-fired kiln to heat and power a small business. By all accounts, Addison County boasts a veritable goldmine of creativity in the food, agriculture and forestry arenas — the so-called “working landscape.”

But that energy can go nowhere without funding.

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Misty Knoll adds value in new way

Posted on November 3, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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NEW HAVEN — Little did John Palmer realize in the early ’80s that his daughter’s 4-H project, raising 20 turkeys from the basement of the family’s Monkton home, would grow into one of the state’s leading poultry operations.

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State bias-free policy under scrutiny

Posted on November 3, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — In the wake of a September incident in which Vermont State Police detained illegal immigrants identified in a traffic stop, the role of state law enforcement in federal immigration enforcement has come under scrutiny.

The incident at hand was a traffic stop on I-89 that led to the detention of two migrant farmworkers and an investigation of Trooper Jared Hatch, the officer involved.

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