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Producer & Processor Association Report Complete

The challenges faced by the 15 producer/processor associations interviewed have occurred during a time of significant market growth and public interest in local food and Vermont products. This underlines the critical need to nurture strong producer/processor associations that can actively advance the interests of Vermont food producers and processors.

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Regional Food Rescue Assessment Tool

During the Spring 2016 semester, a team of four Middlebury College students are researching and collecting data specifically related to developing a replicable Regional Food Rescue Assessment Tool. This tool will help regions of the state identify local partners and infrastructure to increase the amount of food rescued and redistributed within the charitable food system as a result of Universal Recycling mandates. Their research is contributing to the development of a 3 year program and pilot demonstration project.  

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Farmland Investment Model Report

This report shares the findings, analyses and commentary of the second phase of a project conducted by Land For Good (landforgood.org) (LFG) to understand the potential of private “values-based” investment capital to provide beneficial, affordable land access and security for farmers in our New England region. LFG, in partnership with the University of Vermont Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, conducted a detailed investigation of four investment companies and their potential as innovative models for farmers to access—and in some cases transfer—farmland. The potential for success for farmland investor models lies in their attractiveness for farmers as well as investors.

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Vermont Farm Worker Wage, Hour, and Housing Fact Sheet

Information about wages, working hours, and housing regulations for farm workers in Vermont provided through the collaborative effort of nine organizations state-wide.

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Agritourism

A collection of resources aimed at promoting the agritourism industry and intended to aid farmers in implementing agritourism into their farms.

Agritourism Land Use and Zoning For Agritourism

Topics include: Key Land Use Questions for Farmers Considering Agritourism; Land Use Regulations and Bylaws; Navigating Local Land Use Regulations; Agritourism-Friendly Land Use Regulations; The Bottom Line.

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Energy

A collection of resources providing information about energy use, renewable energy, and alternative energy forms on farms.

Energy Promoting Adoption of Biomass Fuels for Heating Vegetable Greenhouses in Vermont

This project demonstrated the use of biomass heating for greenhouse vegetable production at sites across Vermont.

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Farm Viability

A collection of resources aimed to aid farmers and technical assistance providers in strengthening the financial performance and viability of farm and food businesses.