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Expansion of Localvore is growth model for job creation in Vermont

$400,000 investment by Flexible Capital Fund accelerates market expansion for Localvore’s digital marketing platform

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Vermont Organizations Receive USDA Grant for Land Transitions

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Vermont Land Trust and the Intervale Center received a three-year, $546,000 grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to help Vermont’s next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs access land and grow viable businesses.

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FINE Releases Six-Part Blog Series Demonstrating the Impact of Farm to Institution Through Metrics

Measuring Up, a six-part blog series by Farm to Institution New England designed to provide an introduction to the importance of data in understanding the farm to institution landscape in New England, is now available in full on FINE's website. There are 4,628 K-12 schools, 210 colleges and universities, and 256 hospitals that provide dining services in New England. In total, they feed an estimated 3.8 million people per day. This includes students, patients, visitors, faculty, and staff. As such, institutions have the opportunity and the power to significantly impact the food system by supporting local producers and feeding their constituents fresh, healthy foods. Learn more in FINE's Measuring Up series!

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Important Farmland Conserved in Dummerston

Mike Barrett of Stoneholm Farm worked with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve a 61-acre farm field located along Interstate 91. Mike uses this field to grow corn, alfalfa, and grass for his 660-head dairy herd in Putney.

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Community Kitchen Academy Celebrates Graduation in Barre

Culinary Students Ready for Employment

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Sweetland Farm in Norwich Grows their Business

Norah Lake and Chris Polashenski of Sweetland Farm are expanding their business to serve more customers in the Upper Valley. To make this happen, the couple bought an adjacent 32-acre parcel from Jessica and Edward Polashenski, Chris’s parents, who conserved it with the Vermont Land Trust.

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VT Community Loan Fund Lends Over $483,000 to Working Lands Businesses in 2nd/3rd Qtrs 2017

The Vermont Community Loan Fund loaned $483,368 to food, farms and forestry businesses in the second and third quarters of 2017.

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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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