Local farms get a boost from ACORN volunteers

Community members can join “working bee” brigades organized by ACORN to help tackle various projects on area farms, from onion planting to sheep shearing.

Program connects students with farms

Like most things, the future of agriculture in Vermont lies in the hands of younger generations. Today, many of those young Vermonters are leaving the state and pursuing careers outside of farming. 

Local goat farmers explore benefits of extended lactation

“If each goat milked longer, we could essentially make more milk over time with fewer goats, also fewer replacements to raise, a plus for the environment.”

Folks learn about farms while eating breakfast

On Aug. 5, Vermont Breakfast on the Farm welcomed nearly 1,400 people to Sunderland Farm in Bridport for a local Vermont breakfast and a self-guided tour of the dairy farm

Farming group eyes collaboration

Faced with managing changes in best practices, business competition and climate change — not to mention the daily challenges of raising crops and animals — growers and ranchers who gathered at the Champlain Valley Farmers Coalition annual meeting in Middl … (read more)

Meet Vijay Nazareth, head of the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition

Vijay Nazareth has experience in the private sector and in nonprofit management and finance, combined with a passion for conservation in agriculture and environmental stewardship.

Forage field day to be held Sept. 1 in Whiting

 Richville Farms in Whiting and UVM Extension will host a field day on forages for farmers.

New dairy funding opportunities are offered

Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center this week announced three funding opportunities for dairy farmers and service providers.

Letter to the editor: Farms getting a pollution pass

Vermont has known for at least 60 years that it is not meeting its water quality standards in Lake Champlain and that the major contributor to the problem is conventional dairy. Conventional farming was designed in the years following Wolrd War II, when f … (read more)

Registration now open for Open Farm Week

VERMONT — Registration is now open for the 8th annual Vermont Open Farm Week, taking place at farms across Vermont on Aug. 7-14. This special week in August, hosted by DigIn VT, creates an opportunity for folks to connect with Vermont’s working landscape, … (read more)

New tool offered for those interested in agrotourism

BURLINGTON — University of Vermont Extension, in collaboration with the Vermont Fresh Network and Dig in Vermont, recently released a new regulatory navigation tool for agritourism operators. The free tool is designed to help both individuals new to agrit … (read more)

$5 million in sustainable ag funds available

VERMONT — Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, known as SARE, is accepting preproposals to distribute $5 million in funding across its three largest grant programs: Research and Education, Research for Novel Approaches, and Profession … (read more)

Organic milk buyer leaving Vt. farmers high and dry

Danone, a global food company and the owner of Horizon Organic, plans to terminate contracts next year with all of its organic dairy farmers in Vermont and other parts of the Northeast, leaving farmers without buyers for their milk.Other buyers in the are … (read more)

Farmers: Make good use of nitrogen-rich manure

VERMONT — While manure often gets a bad rap, it gives farmers who raise livestock a valuable resource to meet the nutrient needs of crops and supplies organic matter to the soil in a way unmatched by commercial fertilizers. Using manure effectively maximi … (read more)

Watch local farmers at work during 24-hour web event

VERMONT — Next week a special social media event will showcase a day in the life of Vermont farmers. #Farm24VT runs from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, until 5 a.m. the following day. Farmers will share photos, videos and stories that provide a behind-the-s … (read more)