Fifth-generation Vermont farmer Charles Robb Jr. was chainsawing a tree in 2004 when a flyaway branch shattered every bone in his face. But that didn’t hurt anything like what came next.
How are we going to be feeding ourselves, in the near future, if we don’t have the farms and farmers who are going to be producing the vegetables, along with the sustainably produced meats and grains that we need?
Leaders of several environmental groups want more regulation designed to protect local waters from farm pollution, but farmers say they’re already maxed out with clean water regulations.
Half of America’s 2 million farms made less than $300 in 2019, according to author Beth Hoffman. That’s a recipe for poverty, not success.
The money from the High Meadows Fund will go toward diversifying and boosting the viability of farming as well as helping local farms work against the effects of climate change.
A letter signed by “nearly every lawmaker who represents the farmers impacted by Horizon’s withdrawal from the region” asks federal officials to close loopholes that put regional organic farms at a disadvantage.
The federal legislation would grant legal status to undocumented farmworkers and offer a path to citizenship, but Vermont organizations say it would limit farmworkers’ rights to unionization and legalization and trap them in economic vulnerability.
Sanford-Long is one of the women leading a new initiative on the Holstein Stock Farm that brings farming, solar energy, recreation and housing together on the property. The White River Land Collaborative, as the effort has been dubbed, envisions its community-based land ownership structure as a model that will help young farmers continue the region’s agricultural legacy.
As much as 40% of the housing for migrant farm workers requires moderate or significant upgrades costing at least $5,000. “People shouldn’t be living in the conditions they’re living in,” Rep. Tom Stevens said.
Significant crop losses spurred the USDA to declare emergency drought conditions in 10 Vermont counties.
The program helps preserve some of the most recognizable pieces of Vermont heritage and gives young people skills that will help them land good jobs.
Water levels were high at the beginning of the year, but levels in lakes and ponds around the state are now far below average.
The effort at Bluffside Farm grew from collaboration among ShiftMeals, the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.
Brattleboro Farm Stories Brings Photo Exhibit to Life at 118 Elliot The Vermont Folklife Center, Brattleboro Words Project and 118 Elliot will present Brattleboro Farm Stories, a community storytelling event […]