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New Video Features Farmer Contributions to Healthy Soil and Clean Water

To help the public better understand the benefits of cover crops and other environmentally friendly farming practices, three Vermont farmer watershed protection groups have partnered to produce a short video.

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Dairy Farmers Talk Strategies for Success at Annual Conference

Topics Include Connecting with the Community, Cow Care & Staying Positive

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Registration open for full-season organic gardening class in Burlington

Want to grow your own fresh vegetables, but not sure where to start? Join the Community Teaching Garden – a 22-week beginner organic gardening course. Adult participants learn how to plant, cultivate, harvest, and preserve produce from their own plot and from shared garden space in a cooperative learning environment. Class takes place at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington from May to October. Visit www.vcgn.org to register.

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. Farmers Care for the Land, and They Feed Us, Too!

This Valentine’s Day, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets is taking a moment to proclaim its love for Vermont’s farmers.

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Agency of Ag Awards Farm to School Grants to 13 Schools, Representing 10 Vermont Counties

Students and teachers representing nearly 20 schools from across Vermont crowded into the Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier on Wednesday along with legislators, government officials, and Vermont Farm to School Network leaders to celebrate Farm to School Awareness Day and honor 2017 grant winners. Over $121,000 in grants and technical supports were awarded to 13 schools, representing 10 Vermont counties, for the purpose of growing and developing farm to school programs. This year’s Farm to School grants will expand the reach of the Vermont Farm to School Program by 5,000 students, raising the total number of Vermont students with increased access to fresh, healthy, locally grown foods and nutrition education through the grant program to 40,000.

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Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces Program Impacts on Vermont’s Economy and Communities

Since its inception in 2012, the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) has invested over $3.8 million dollars in 129 projects impacting every county of the state, leveraging $7.4 million in additional funds. Over the last 5 years, working lands grantees have created 428 new full-time jobs and generated $18.1 million in new sales. Additionally, 98% of Working Lands grantees report expanding into new markets, 45% report enhanced environmental stewardship, and 30% report increased employee wages as a result of their grant.

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Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show Highlights Venison, “Naturally Beautiful” Produce, and Ag Agency’s Culinary Chops

Farmers, producers, and localvores from across Vermont converged on Wednesday, February 1 for the 6th annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction. Held on the second night of the Farm Show, Consumer Night celebrates the diversity of Vermont agriculture with the Winter Buy Local Market and Capital Cook-Off.

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Vermont Land Trust Seeks Proposals for Bluffside Farm in Newport, VT

The Vermont Land Trust has issued a Requests for Concepts for people interested in purchasing the Bluffside Farm in Newport. The goal for this open space property is to serve the community needs expressed by local residents during multiple public meetings and property tours.

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February 17th is deadline to apply for assistance to install conservation practices through NRCS' EQIP

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont is encouraging producers to submit applications for financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). While EQIP is offered through a continuous signup, NRCS makes periodic funding selections. The last application cut-off date for farmstead practices to be funded in 2017 is February 17, 2017.

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Study “Small Batch Brewing” with Anders Kissmeyer and Jan Paul at The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College

Study “Small Batch Brewing” with Anders Kissmeyer and Jan Paul at The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College

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