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Pink Boot Farm Buys Their Own Land

The Vermont Land Trust helped Hadley and Mike Stock of Pink Boot Farm to buy 80 acres in Pawlet. Mike and Hadley have been raising pigs for years on a nearby farm that they’d been renting in West Pawlet. This year they were able to buy their own farm in Pawlet, previously owned by sisters Beth Moser-Duquette and Chris Moser, at a price they could afford, thanks to the help of Beth, Chris, and the land trust.

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Local First Vermont Releases Buy Local Book and App, Partners with VSECU

Several of this Year's Participants Tied into Rooted in Vermont Movement

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Vermont Foodbank launches new program to purchase Vermont grown produce

In 2018, the Vermont Foodbank is piloting Vermonters Feeding Vermonters to increase the amount and quality of fresh, healthy food that we distribute. This is a program to purchase high quality fruits and vegetables directly from Vermont growers to distribute to Vermonters facing hunger.

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VEDA Approved $198.9 Million in FY2017 Financings

For the second year running, the Authority surpassed any prior year’s agricultural loan approvals.

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Slow Money Vermont to host 3nd Annual Vermont Entrepreneur Showcase December 6th

Presentations from Vermont working lands entrepreneurs; networking for investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers to support a viable and sustainable agricultural economy in Vermont and the region; business succession and exit strategy panel discussion.

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ACORN Producers and Buyers Forum: Conversations Across the Local Food Spectrum

ACORN hosted its 2nd annual Producer Buyer Forum, a unique event cultivating deep conversations among all supply chain partners. Keynote by Greg Georgaklis, of Farmers to You, tied together new products, new markets, retail trends, pricing, distribution variables, and uncertainties in regional food. Created with primary focus for peer-to-peer connecting on present pressures and future opportunities from artisan hops, grass fed beef, hemp and CBD products to business efficiency, made for a hugely success event.

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Rural Vermont Debuted New Video & Honored Migrant Justice at Annual Meeting

In the midst of torrential downpours on an evening in late October, 60+ hearty Rural Vermont members and friends gathered at the Tunbridge Town Hall for Rural Vermont’s Annual Meeting & Celebration. They shared a meal, thanked our outgoing Board members for their years of service and elected six new members to the Board of Directors, honored Migrant Justice with the Jack Starr award, bore witness to the debut of Rural Vermont’s “Digging In” video, and engaged in lively dialogue about everything from budgets to regional chapters to policy.

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Workforce development and business succession necessary for continued growth in Vermont’s food system

Vermont Farm to Plate Network identifies skilled and larger workforce, shifts in food system career perceptions, and business exit strategies needed to sustain Vermont farm and food economy

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Salvation Farms Director Receives Ben and Jerry’s Local Hero Award

Ben and Jerry’s staff choose and present Local Hero awards to individuals in their home communities who, through a one time or long term act, embodies the core principles of Vermont Manufacturing including Linked Prosperity, Social Justice, and Community Service.

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Vermont Agency of Agriculture Announces Produce Safety Grant Opportunity

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce the first round of a two-round grant opportunity to improve on-farm produce safety. Approximately $74,000 in funding will be available in each round. This grant is to assist Vermont produce growers to make improvements that help prevent or reduce known produce safety risks on their farms.

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