At farms across the state, the effect of the freeze ripples out past the edges of the frozen fruitlets into the lives of the workers and consumers who depend on them.
‘Delays on three or even four levels’: Vermont farmers deal with conservation rigmarole
Farmers who agree to use some of their land for wildlife habitats, runoff buffer zones or other conservation-focused projects over a 15-year contract get reimbursed.
Cambridge mail carrier dynasty continues
For over a century, four generations of Wilcox men have stuffed the mailboxes in Cambridge.
Vermont farms shouldn’t pay local stormwater fees, state says, but towns disagree and are charging them anyway
“Municipalities do not have the authority to regulate stormwater on farms, and therefore cannot assess stormwater utility user fees.”
Lawmakers scale back bill to give grants to small farmers
The House Committee on Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry originally sought for a $500,000 appropriation for the program, which would be created through H.205.
A new generation fires up the Hazelton family sugarhouse, dormant for years, in Dummerston Center
Boiling sap has always been a family operation for the Hazeltons.
Bill would spend $500K to help small farmers switch up their products
Lawmakers are looking to create a new grant program to help small farmers diversify their products or transition from one type of farm to another.
Another decade of farm tax breaks up for vote in Stowe
Stowe farmers are taxed at a flat rate of $200 per acre, less than half the $429 rate in the state current use program.
Anson Tebbetts: Governor's budget invests in Vermont food, farm and forest industries
The Agency of Agriculture advocates for these investments because they support our farmers and producers, who are feeding us and farming the land.
As baby goats died in Charlotte, residents seeking help hit roadblocks
The state veterinarian said the case “highlighted the deficiencies in the process that currently exists.”
Nina Prater: The life, death and lessons of Lucy the sow
Lucy was our first sow and gave us countless litters of piglets that we raised, processed, and sold at the farmers’ market. She loved scratches on her back and came running out of the woods when we called her for her meals, grunting her greeting.
Lawmakers postpone vote on pesticide regulations
The state pesticide rules haven’t been updated in more than 30 years. A new proposal would align state regulations with those of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Program trains farmers to help others in mental health crisis
New support groups are meant to allow farmers to break through the isolation of their workplaces and talk to farmers elsewhere in their communities who are struggling with the same issues, and maybe share a new strategy or two.
Roger Allbee: The long view, farm and rural policies through time and Vermont’s leadership
Sen. Leahy has been a champion and steward of many important programs promoting nutrition, conservation, rural credit, rural development, dairy, organic agriculture and other programs of vital interest to us all.