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NRCS announces April 20 deadline for VT farmers to apply for agronomic practices, high tunnel assistance

NRCS' Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) can help farmers install practices like cover crops which prevent erosion, supply nutrients to crops, suppress weeds, and improve soil health. EQIP can also help with installation of high tunnels systems which help protect plants from weather extremes and extend the growing season.

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Energy Fund Offers Grant for Heat Recovery from Compost

Innovative Yet Proven Technology Captures Heat, Cuts Processing Time and Labor

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Salvation Farms’ Third Cohort Successfully Completes Workforce Development Training

Through this program, trainees who have barriers to employment learn on-the-job skills in food handling and light manufacturing, earn transferable industry-recognized certifications, gain food systems awareness, and hone their job-readiness skills.

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Salvation Farms Re-establishes Lamoille Valley Gleaning Program

In 2017, Salvation Farms gleaned and distributed over 48,000 pounds of quality fruits and vegetables from 21 local farms to 25 different meal sites and food shelves, engaging 151 hardworking volunteers who dedicated 528 hours – far exceeding expectations!

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Flag Hill Farm Works with Vermont Land Trust to Conserve Forest, Orchard, and Trail

Vershire—Sabra Ewing and Sebastian Lousada of Flag Hill Farm worked with the Vermont Land Trust to permanently protect 239 acres of farmland and forest from development and subdivision. As part of the project, the couple also ensured public access to the westernmost section of the Cross Vermont Trail, which leads up to Flag Pole Hill.

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Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund expands business assistance services

Successful business development models used in food systems expand to new sectors

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CHCV Reaches 100,000 Pounds Gleaned in Four Years

Community Harvest of Central Vermont (CHCV), a community based volunteer driven food recovery organization, has had another incredible year of gleaning and has now gleaned over 107,900 pounds or 323,700 servings of food since it started in 2014.

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Organic Dairy Farmer Protects Stretch of Rock River

Dairy farmer Guy Choiniere worked with the Vermont Land Trust, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and The Nature Conservancy to protect over a mile and a half of Rock River frontage on his farm in Highgate, ensuring that it will always be able to access its natural floodplain without disruption.

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Free Crepe Day

Skinny Pancake Celebrates International Crepe Day with ‘Free Crepe Day’ on February 1st.

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Produce Safety Rule Deadline, High Demand Prompts Second Round of Improvement Grants

January 26, 2018 marks the first major compliance date for farms covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. To assist growers in making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets launched the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program.

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