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farming http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/2011/all en Farmers to Shumlin: Lay off Current Use http://addisonindependent.com/201501farmers-shumlin-lay-current-use <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Gov. Peter Shumlin has made cleaning up Lake Champlain a top priority. To do that, he proposed in his Jan. 8 inaugural address to make changes to the state&rsquo;s Current Use tax program to penalize farmers who pollute waterways.</p> <p> The Agency of Agriculture said denying Current Use tax breaks to offenders would add another enforcement tool to the state, which is cracking down on pollution into its waterways.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27980">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501farmers-shumlin-lay-current-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County agriculture current use farming Featured Foster Lake Champlain Moore pollution Ross Shumlin Vermont Farm Bureau Vilsack Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:27:34 +0000 Zach Despart 27980 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Farmers disproportionately blamed for lake pollution http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-farmers-disproportionately-blamed-lake-pollution <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Edward Bessette </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> After reading Monday&rsquo;s article about Gov. Shumlin&rsquo;s agenda for the next two year, I have concerns. Most of the article describes Shumlin&rsquo;s plan to clean up the lake and prevent future runoff and pollution.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27961">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-farmers-disproportionately-blamed-lake-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion farming pollution Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:12:53 +0000 Zach Despart 27961 at http://addisonindependent.com Views from the Vet: Dairy farmers are good stewards http://addisonindependent.com/201411views-vet-dairy-farmers-are-good-stewards <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Joe Klopfenstein DVM </div> </div> </div> <p> Last week when I wrote this column was Agricultural Literacy Week in Vermont &mdash; a great opportunity to learn about new methods as our farms continue to grow and modernize. This week is also the week of Thanksgiving. The holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for the many gifts we&rsquo;ve been given. In our homes, our churches and our communities we also take time to think about stewardship &mdash; how we care for those gifts. Here in Vermont we have no greater gift than our beautiful environment.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27047">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411views-vet-dairy-farmers-are-good-stewards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Addison County ag dairy farming Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:50:10 +0000 Trent Campbell 27047 at http://addisonindependent.com Dairies of Distinction: Farms put the best face on Vt. dairy http://addisonindependent.com/201409dairies-distinction-farms-put-best-face-vt-dairy <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-25373" style="width: 151px;"><a href="/201409dairies-distinction-farms-put-best-face-vt-dairy"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/lazy dog farm 5972.thumbnail.jpg" alt="lazy dog farm 5972.jpg" title="lazy dog farm 5972.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="151" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> STEFANIE AND JESSE Wilbur stand with their son, Boston, outside the barn at their Lazy Dog Farm in Orwell, which was just recognized as one of the newest “Dairies of Distinction” by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Independent photo/John McCright </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> VERMONT &mdash; The Vermont Agency of Agriculture recognized 140 dairy farms as &ldquo;Dairies of Distinction&rdquo; at the annual luncheon hosted at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex this past Thursday. Twenty-seven of those farms, or about one-fifth of the total, are in Addison County.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25374">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409dairies-distinction-farms-put-best-face-vt-dairy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County agriculture dairy farming Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:39:58 +0000 John McCright 25374 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: Don't just blame farmers for water pollution http://addisonindependent.com/201407community-forum-dont-just-blame-farmers-water-pollution <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&#39;s writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger</em></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.</span></p> <p> There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.</p> <p> And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24680">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407community-forum-dont-just-blame-farmers-water-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion agriculture Conservation Law Foundation dairy Emerson Lynn farming Lake Champlain phosphorous pollution St. Albans Messenger Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:40:31 +0000 Zach Despart 24680 at http://addisonindependent.com Stone Soup Summit connects farms and schools http://addisonindependent.com/201403stone-soup-summit-connects-farms-and-schools <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison County </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; An event this week will help draw closer connections between local farms and the school children they feed.</p> <p> On March 27, the central Champlain Valley&rsquo;s school community will come together for a day of inspiration, celebration and networking at the fifth annual Stone Soup Summit. Students, teachers, parents, administrators, farmers, food service managers, nurses and community volunteers will share stories of challenge and triumph and work in diverse groups to address the issues facing farm-to-school programs and school nutrition in our region.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22366">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201403stone-soup-summit-connects-farms-and-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County farming schools Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:38:35 +0000 John McCright 22366 at http://addisonindependent.com Two-year farm bill marathon ends in a sprint http://addisonindependent.com/201402two-year-farm-bill-marathon-ends-sprint <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-21459" style="width: 148px;"><a href="/201402two-year-farm-bill-marathon-ends-sprint"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Welch2507.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Welch2507.jpg" title="Welch2507.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="148" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> REP. PETER WELCH, right, and press aide Ryan Nickel rush down a corridor beneath the Capitol this past Thursday so Welch can reach the House Chamber in time to vote for the farm bill. Independent photo/Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; Congressman Peter Welch is not among the taller members of the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Vermont Democrat can hoof it. I&rsquo;ve got about five inches on him, but I&rsquo;m struggling to keep up as we wind through the tunnels and alleys somewhere beneath the Longworth House Office Building.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21461">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402two-year-farm-bill-marathon-ends-sprint" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Congress farming Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:25:05 +0000 John McCright 21461 at http://addisonindependent.com Changes to Current Use law debated by legislators http://addisonindependent.com/201402changes-current-use-law-debated-legislators <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Hillary Niles of VTDigger.org </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The Vermont House and Senate agriculture committees are gearing up for a showdown over changes to the state&rsquo;s flagship land conservation program.</p> <p> A special study committee chaired by Sen. Bobby Starr, D-Essex/Orleans, struck all the language from a bill that passed the House in 2013. The Senate version &mdash; still a rough draft &mdash; was discussed at the Statehouse on Tuesday evening at the fifth and final in a series of public hearings.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21463">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402changes-current-use-law-debated-legislators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont farming legislature Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:22:34 +0000 John McCright 21463 at http://addisonindependent.com Farm bill promises relief for dairy businesses http://addisonindependent.com/201402farm-bill-promises-relief-dairy-businesses <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-21447" style="width: 157px;"><a href="/201402farm-bill-promises-relief-dairy-businesses"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Welch2504.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Welch2504.jpg" title="Welch2504.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="157" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> REP. PETER WELCH gives a television interview in the Capitol last week just before voting for the farm bill. Independent photo/Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; After years of <a href="http://addisonindependent.com/?q=201401inaction-congress-hurts-local-dairy-farmers-milk-prices-uncertain">wrangling, delays and setbacks</a>, Congress appears to be on the precipice of completing a new farm bill, which Addison County dairy farmers say will protect their thin profit margins.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21448">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402farm-bill-promises-relief-dairy-businesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Congress farming Featured Vermont Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:53:57 +0000 John McCright 21448 at http://addisonindependent.com Panton acreage conserved as farmland http://addisonindependent.com/201401panton-acreage-conserved-farmland <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-21300" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201401panton-acreage-conserved-farmland"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Panton Farmland conserved Ed_Biello.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Panton Farmland conserved Ed_Biello.jpg" title="Panton Farmland conserved Ed_Biello.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ED BIELLO STANDS on Panton land that will remain as open farmland after he and his wife, Beverly, sold development rights to the Vermont Land Trust in order to lower the price for a nearby dairy farm that then purchased the property. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> PANTON &mdash; Ed and Beverly Biello were not considering conservation when they bought a home and land in Panton in 2000. Their property had scenic views of Lake Champlain with good access from Adams Ferry Road so they looked into selling house lots.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21301">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201401panton-acreage-conserved-farmland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Panton farming Featured Panton Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:19:18 +0000 John McCright 21301 at http://addisonindependent.com UVM names Vermont's top dairy farm http://addisonindependent.com/201308uvm-names-vermonts-top-dairy-farm <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-18471" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201308uvm-names-vermonts-top-dairy-farm"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Dairy Farm of the Year.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Dairy Farm of the Year.jpg" title="Dairy Farm of the Year.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE GERVAIS FAMILY gathers at their Bakersfield farm, which was named the 2013 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> BAKERSFIELD &mdash; Robert and Gisele Gervais, who farm with several of their children in Bakersfield, are the recipients of the 2013 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18472">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308uvm-names-vermonts-top-dairy-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont farming UVM Vermont Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:00:25 +0000 xian 18472 at http://addisonindependent.com Canal barge will carry Vermont commodities to New York City http://addisonindependent.com/201308canal-barge-will-carry-vt-commodities-nyc <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-18205" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201308canal-barge-will-carry-vt-commodities-nyc"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/sailfreight8501.thumbnail.jpg" alt="sailfreight8501.jpg" title="sailfreight8501.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ERIK ANDRUS, FAR right, and his small crew approach the Ferrisburgh town beach Saturday aboard Ceres, the centerpiece of Andrus’ Vermont Sail Freight Project. The boat was launched for the first time Saturday. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Luke Whelan </div> </div> </div> <p> FERRISBURGH &mdash; This past Saturday afternoon, shouting and applause rang out from dozens of people gathered at the Ferrisburgh Town Beach as <em>Ceres,</em> a 39-foot canal barge constructed by visionary farmer, baker and builder Erik Andrus approached the shore after completing its 1.25-mile maiden voyage.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18206">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308canal-barge-will-carry-vt-commodities-nyc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Haven farming Featured Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:11:25 +0000 Luke Whelan 18206 at http://addisonindependent.com County farmers struggle with endless rain http://addisonindependent.com/201307county-farmers-struggle-endless-rain <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-17909" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201307county-farmers-struggle-endless-rain"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/corn5077.thumbnail.jpg" alt="corn5077.jpg" title="corn5077.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ROWS OF CORN stand submerged in high water on a Middlebury farm Wednesday morning. Local feed crops are suffering from the heavy rains this spring and summer and farmers fear they could have trouble feeding livestock in the coming year. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; The almost daily occurrence of torrential downpours that many have grown accustomed to over the past several weeks has done worse than dampen the spirits of those who hoped for a sunny summer.</p> <p> The rain is wreaking havoc on area feed growers by delaying the cutting of the second hay crop, preventing corn planting, and preventing existing crops from having proper nutrients due to flooding and the inability to spread manure, says Jeff Carter, agronomy specialist at UVM Extension in Middlebury.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17910">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201307county-farmers-struggle-endless-rain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County farming Featured Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:12:58 +0000 Trent Campbell 17910 at http://addisonindependent.com Young trio of farmers leave 'footprints' in Starksboro http://addisonindependent.com/201307young-trio-farmers-leave-footprints-starksboro <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-17906" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201307young-trio-farmers-leave-footprints-starksboro"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/farm2261.thumbnail.jpg" alt="farm2261.jpg" title="farm2261.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NATHAN HAMMER, LEFT, Jake Mendell and Taylor Hutchison weed a flower bed on their nine-acre farm in Starksboro Monday afternoon. Footprint Farm grows flowers and produce and will soon add chickens and pigs to their operation. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Xian Chiang-Waren </div> </div> </div> <p> STARKSBORO &mdash; Those who have unhappily watched the trends of young people leaving the state and farms closing up shop have reason to celebrate the launch of Footprint Farm in Starksboro this year.</p> <p> Three young farmers &mdash; St. George native Jake Mendell, 25, and California natives Taylor Hutchison, 25, and Nathan Hammer, 32 &mdash; started work in April on their diversified, 9-acre farm at Starksboro&rsquo;s Common Ground Center.</p> <p> And already the trio says they have found a warm welcome for their mix of vegetables, flowers and animals.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17907">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201307young-trio-farmers-leave-footprints-starksboro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Starksboro farming Featured Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:10:50 +0000 Trent Campbell 17907 at http://addisonindependent.com Farm Bill defeat creates problems for farmers http://addisonindependent.com/201306farm-bill-defeat-creates-problems-farmers <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Michelle Monroe (St. Albans Messenger) </div> </div> </div> <p> ST. ALBANS &mdash; Late last week the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the U.S. Farm Bill, 234-195, thereby setting up the potential for devastating effects on the dairy industry and local farmers.</p> <p> The rejection came after last-minute amendments made further changes to nutrition programs for the poor and removed the dairy price stabilization programs from the bill.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17652">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201306farm-bill-defeat-creates-problems-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont farming Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:15:31 +0000 Devon Vila 17652 at http://addisonindependent.com