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Oilseed crops give farmers options

Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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BRANDON — What’s the big deal with sunflowers and soybeans?

Plenty, according to Jon Satz of Woods Market Garden in Brandon. Satz spoke about the cultivation of oilseed plants to a group of some 20 people last Tuesday, at an event sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension System.

Satz added sunflowers to his vegetable growing rotation in 2009, then added soybeans the following year. He was curious about the potential for growing a crop that could be turned into oil for energy.

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Vt. trio taking slow food message to world stage

Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



NEW HAVEN — Imagine spending five days in Italy, talking about food and agriculture with hundreds of other people from all over the world.

In October, that’s just what Elizabeth Frank, Hugo Lara and Emilie “Savitri” McDonald will be doing.

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Area crops hold up in summer heat

Posted on July 23, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — As farmers across the nation hope for rain to end the worst drought since 1956, Addison County farmers are counting their blessings.

“So far it’s been a pretty good growing season, other than extreme heat and a little on the dry side,” said Hank Bissell of Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro.

For Bissell, this year has prompted him to use his irrigation system more than usual due to prolonged stretches of warm weather with no rain, but he said vegetable yields have been good compared to those in last year’s wet weather.

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Local crowd-funding enterprise boosts area farmers

Posted on July 23, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — For Middlebury resident Kevin Lehman, it wasn’t enough to put in a few dollars at a farmers’ market in support of local food and farming projects. Two years ago, he decided there needed to be a way for local entrepreneurs to raise more toward their goals.

“I wanted to do what I could to build a more sustainable, robust food system,” he said.

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Butterwick Farm hosts visit from Brown Swiss convention

Posted on July 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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CORNWALL — Miles off the main road in Cornwall one morning in early July, a crowd of dairy farmers from around the country examined the Brown Swiss cows at Butterwick Farm.

All were attendees at the Brown Swiss Association National Convention, held at Shelburne Farms from July 4 to 7. John and Lisa Roberts, owners of Butterwick Farm, welcomed the visitors to their farm to get a taste of dairy farming in the Green Mountain State.

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Farmers learn about local wheat farming

Posted on July 16, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN –– A line of farmers waded through waist-high wheat in a New Haven field last Thursday, looking closely at the plants, determining if it could be harvested soon and asking questions about everything from the effects of dry and wet weather to the types of wheat that are doing the best this year.

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Dairy farmers urge reform in farm bill

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — If market reform measures do not pass in this year’s federal farm bill, Vermont dairy farms will have a hard time staying in business, local dairy farmers told Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., last Thursday morning.

Without dairy reform, said Marie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, “I just don’t understand how our little farms will survive this fall. The farms that were on the brink three months ago, I don’t know how they can look to the future.”

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Staff blog: Food systems on video

Posted on July 6, 2012 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



The UVM "Necessary [r]evolution for Sustainable Food Systems" last week was an afternoon-long, TEDx-style event that delved into policy, nutrition, education, and agriculture.

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Sustainable food systems on the table at UVM conference

Posted on July 6, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



BURLINGTON — Participants at a conference on sustainable agriculture in Burlington last Thursday were adamant about the need for change. University of Vermont Interim President John Bramley set the scene for the “Necessary [r]evolution for Sustainable Food Systems” conference.

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Virtual farmers market comes to Middlebury

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Lauren Davidson



MIDDLEBURY –– In an effort to support the local food industry, Middlebury College employee Francisca Drexel is taking grocery shopping online.

Drexel recently opened a local market for Middlebury College on yourfarmstand.com, a website that is run as an online version of local farmers’ markets.

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