October 2013 Blog Posts

October 31, 2013

How to submit a FSMA comment that counts: Webinar 11/4

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of our nation’s food safety laws in more than 70 years. It was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, but the specifics of the law are still being worked out, and the public comment period ends on November 15....

October 24, 2013

UVM Agri-Food Entrepeneur Survey

We're spreading the word about this survey that UVM is planning to use to "improve education opportunities for current entrepreneurs as well as ... train the next generations of agri-food entrepreneurs." Sounds like a worthy goal! If you run a business and are in any way working with food in...

October 16, 2013

Farmers Talk: Lincoln Peak

Have you seen our new episode of Farmers Talk? It features an interview with Chris Granstrom of Lincoln Peak Vineyard and Winery, the largest grape producer in Vermont. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwd5vX38NlU Chris gives a thorough overview of the development of cold-hardy grape varieties,...

October 11, 2013

Food+Co-ops: Farm Viability—Strong Networks & Thriving Farms

As you may have heard, 97% of Vermonters value the working landscape. But what's the difference between the working landscape and a pretty view? One simple answer is: farm viability. NOFA-VT Executive Director Enid Wonnacott (center, in pink) and colleagues at the 2008 National Farm Viability...

October 7, 2013

FSMA: Learn More and Speak Out! Webinar on 10/10

FSMA: Learn More and Speak Out! Webinar on 10/10 Learn more about the Food Safety Modernization Act and how you can speak up for small farmers with this webinar on Thursday at 4:30 from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. This is intended especially for farmers and supporting...

October 3, 2013

Share the Harvest!

Don't forget to dine or shop at one of the 70+ businesses participating in Share the Harvest today! When you do, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the NOFA Vermont Farm Share program, helping limited-income Vermonters afford fresh food from local farms. Help spread the word! Tag #...

October 1, 2013

Gov't Shutdown: Farm Bill Expires, Vermont's USDA Offices Close

There was a faint hope that Congress would get its act together and hammer out a Farm Bill before it expired on October 1. House Republicans' insistence on draconian cuts to food assistance programs has prevented a joint Senate-House conference committee from even beginning discussions of how, and...