Vt Working Landscape Council to address farm and forest economy

March 16, 2011

Vermont Council on Rural Development
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MONTPELIER, VT – Surveys repeatedly show Vermonters want a strong working landscape for all its scenic, cultural, economic, environmental and recreational benefits. However if alarming trends that threaten its economic viability are not reversed, it will vanish within a generation.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is launching a new nonpartisan and broad-based partnership to keep our farm and forest economy a vital foundation for the future of Vermont. The Partnership is proposing a bold plan. Today it announced the 17 member Vermont Working Landscape Council (VWLC) that will develop the details to make this plan a practical reality. The VWL Council represents deep expertise in issues pertaining to farm and forest enterprises and rural development in Vermont. It is chaired by retired Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee and includes:

Bob Ackland, VCRD Board, Recreation Development Consultant

Cliff Allard, Allard Lumber Company

Marie Audet, Blue Spruce Farm

Deb Brighton, Natural Resource Economist

Greg Brown, VCRD Board, Retired Regional and State Planning Leader

India Burnett Farmer, Northeast Vine Supply & Rutland Area Farm and Food Link

Peter Condaxis, Ryegate Power Station

Jacques Couture, Couture’s Farm, Sugarhouse and B&B

Allison Hooper, VT Butter and Cheese

Andrew Kehler, Jasper Hill Farm

Gil Livingston, Vermont Land Trust

John Meyer, Bardill Land and Lumber Company

Jan Rozendaal, retired Chittenden County Business Leader

Robin Scheu, Addison County Economic Development Corp.

Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation

Will Stevens, Golden Russet Farm

“It’s time to give voice to this quiet crisis,” explains VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello. “The Partnership will bring a singular focus to putting the policies in place that help everyone trying to make a living from the land.”

According to Roger Allbee, “The working landscape is fundamental to what Vermont is all about; let’s work together to ensure its future.”

All Vermonters are invited to join the Partnership to stay updated and help shape the campaign for the future of Vermont’s Working Landscape. To learn more visit www.vtrural.org or contact VCRD at 802-223-6091 or by email at [email protected].

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I have read the Key Findings of the VCRD Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape and it is of course wonderful that 97% of Vermonters say they support agriculture. But let’s reframe the question: how many respondents would support Vermont agriculture if they had to pay double for Vermont grown food? Those who participated in the breakout sessions told the Council that Vermont should place more stress upon education, upon energy from wind, solar, methane, upon collecting and storing seeds, upon recruiting young people, upon farm visits and getting local foods in schools etc. There was even a… Read more »
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