September 2015 Blog Posts

September 8, 2015

Keeping the Soil in Certified Organic

A Conversation with Dave Chapman of Long Wind Farm Dave Chapman is the owner of Long Wind Farm in East Thetford, where he grows certified organic greenhouse tomatoes. For several years, Dave has been speaking out strongly against USDA’s decision to allow hydroponically produced vegetables in...

September 2, 2015

How to DOUBLE your 3SquaresVT benefits

There is a new currency circulating through farmers markets in Vermont. This currency, called Crop Cash, is the double value coupon incentive program promoting the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers markets with 3SquaresVT benefits. Crop Cash is available at all farmers markets...

September 2, 2015

New Funding for VT FEED

Vermont Food Education Every Day ( VT FEED) just received word that "Building Demand for Fruits and Vegetables in Vermont Schools" will be funded by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program! The goal of this 18-month pilot project is to...

September 2, 2015

Fall Workshops for Farmers feature soil science and trades skills

Learn howto think like a mechanic and a detective. Workshops include a hands-on component taking apart and examiningthe guts of broken equipment. NOFA-VT is excited to partner with Vermont Tech to offer a special fall workshop series for farmers featuring soil science and trades skills. These two...

September 2, 2015

NOFA Vermont's first Farmer Olympics deliver feisty fun!

The Farmer Olympics were held at the Maple Wind Farms' fields in Bolton, Vermont on August 12, 2015. There were 12 teams and more than 70 participants competing for the gold. Read the Burlington Free Press article » View pictures of the event in a Burlington Free Press photo...

September 2, 2015

DARK Act Passes House, Puts Blinders on Our Right to Know

by Maddie Monty, Policy Advisor, NOFA Vermont On July 23rd, the House of Representatives passed bill H.R. 1599 by a margin of 275 to 150. This bill, backed primarily by House Republicans, has been given two names. Cleverly branded by its sponsors as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, the...