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VT Community Loan Fund Lends Almost $2.8 Million to VT Businesses, Farms & Food Entrepreneurs, Affordable Housing Developers and Early Care & Learning Programs in 2nd Quarter 2019

Road to Success: My Favorite Things Food Truck

Jeffersonville food entrepreneur Lea Ann Macrery has never lacked for drive. Now, thanks to financing from the Vermont Community Loan Fund, her new business, My Favorite Things Food Truck, is ready to hit the road.

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Technical Assistance and Training Available to Vermont’s Composters

Participants in this day-long workshop will receive a Compost Operator Certificate, which meets the requirements of ANR for small, medium, and large compost facility site operators.

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Vital Communities Seeks Proposals from Social Enterprises for Community-Based Crowdfunding Program

Vital Communities invites emerging and established social enterprises to submit project proposals to The Local Crowd (TLC) Upper Valley, a new community-based crowdfunding program. Proposals are due by September 4. Details are available at

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Ready to Grow Your Food Biz?

Are you a woman-owned food business? Already making revenue of at least $50K/year? Want to create jobs, generate increased revenue, or take on more contracts in the Burlington area? Apply TODAY for Power Forward! This (FREE) 13-week strategic growth planning course with Center for Women & Enterprise VT will help you gain the knowledge, skills, resources, and networks to explore new markets and overcome barriers to growth.

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New On-Farm Slaughter provisions are in effect!

Rural Vermont’s top priority for the 2019 legislative session was to remove the July 1, 2019 sunset of the on-farm-slaughter law and to make meaningful improvements to the law. We did it! The new law is effective since July 1st 2019, and extends the sunset to July 2023, allows farmers to sell live animals raised on their farm to more than one person, and allows carcasses to be halved and quartered at the time of slaughter.
Learn what you need to know to take advantage of the new law - along with how we can help YOU and how you can help US:
On-Farm Slaughter Factsheet (

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More Than 1,200 Visit Historic Sprague Ranch for Breakfast & Dairy Farm Tour

On Saturday, July 27th, more than 1,200 visitors gathered at the Sprague Ranch in Brookfield. The central Vermont dairy farm was packed as guests enjoyed a Vermont-inspired pancake breakfast and took a self-guided tour of the 600 cow dairy farm. In its fifth year, Vermont Breakfast on the Farm aims to connect the public with hard-working dairy farming families like the Sprague’s – who have been producing wholesome dairy, caring for their cows, and protecting and maintaining the working-landscapes of Vermont, for more than 150 years.

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The Doctor Is In: ACORN’s First Farmacy Deliveries a Success

Addison County’s very first food-based prescription program, Farmacy, launched on July 10th. The Farmacy Program, a collaboration of ACORN, the Vermont Department of Health, Bristol’s Mountain Health Center, Middlebury’s UVM Porter Medical Center and three local farmers, enables doctors to prescribe fruits and vegetables as medicine to patients with chronic or nutrition-related illnesses.

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Food Connects to Build New Cooler and Freezer

Food Connects is set to begin construction of their 1,200 square-foot cooler and freezer space in mid-August. The expanded operational space triples the available volume of cold and frozen storage space available to Food Connects to aggregate and distribute local foods.

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Seminar Series Teaches Cooking With Wild Game

Our streams, lakes and woods are teeming with high-quality, local food that is rooted in the Vermont’s heritage – as long as one knows how to cook it! That’s why the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is partnering with Rooted in Vermont, a program of the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network, for a “Field-to-Fork: Wild Food Cooking Series” this July and August to help Vermonters learn more about what game foods are available all around them and how to make them into a delicious meal.

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12th Annual Tour de Farms Bike Ride through Charlotte, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes

The 2019 Tour Features Two Routes and Finishes at Eat on the Green

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