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A New Back to School Look for Leland & Gray

If you visit the Leland & Gray Union Middle & High School cafeteria this fall, you might notice a new back to school style.

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NOFA-VT Farm Beginnings® Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for NOFA Vermont Farm Beginnings®, a yearlong program for aspiring and beginning farmers that is designed to help participants launch or grow their farm business.

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Food Connects Partners With NH Food Bank

Food Connects is partnering with the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH, to bring local produce to food pantries throughout New Hampshire.

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Farm to Plate Gathering Registration Opens

At the Crossroads: Our Food and Farm Culture and Economy

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Statewide Development of Water Quality Projects Expands

A new grant will allow Conservation Districts to develop additional water quality projects throughout the state of Vermont

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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 vitalcommunities.org/tlc.

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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 (https://www.ruralvermont.org/s/onfarmslaughter-final-factsheet.pdf)

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