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July 30, 2018 •
Katie Lavin, Sterling College

4th Annual Farm Olympics

4th Annual Farmer Olympics to be Held at Sterling College on August 8

July 3, 2018 •
Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead

Food, Money, and Joy: How Direct Markets Support Eaters and Farmers

According to a study done by the American Independent Business Alliance, “On average, 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.”  Whether it’s dairy, maple, produce or fruit, skipping the supermarket and instead buying food directly from Vermont farmers helps keep more money in the local economy, and in turn helps grow the economic well-being of Vermont. 

May 9, 2018 •
Nicole Belanger, NOFA Mass

2018 NOFA Summer Conference

Honoring Our Roots, Tending Our Future August 10-12, 2018 • Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

May 9, 2018 •
Kyla Bedard, NOFA-VT Education & Organic Dairy Program Coordinator

Support Organic Dairy Farmers

NOFA-VT has started a fundraising campaign to add an additional $50,000 to our Farmer Emergency Fund. Organic dairy farms in Vermont, and nationwide, are seeing historical lows in their pay price, with some farmers receiving an almost $10/cwt (hundred weight, or hundred pounds of milk) drop over the past year. Some milk buyers have also implemented a quota, limiting the amount of milk a farm is able to produce.

March 30, 2018 •
Chris Sims, NOFA-VT member

Drowning in our wool

There’s a problem in Vermont.  Small-scale shepherds are drowning in their own wool.  Why?  It’s because of a lack of small-scale fiber mills in the state.  This letter is a plea for creative business people to consider opening a mill. Being a shepherd and not a miller, I haven’t done any formal market research, but my off-the-cuff guess from informally chatting with both shepherds and millers is that the state (or larger region) could support several small-scale mills.

March 16, 2018 •
Doug Flack, Farmer

A Review of David Fleming's "Surviving the Future"

We’re already in critical danger. Indeed, it’s no good thinking that collapse can be avoided, as all attempts to reform the growth paradigm are doomed to failure.  The best we can do is “manage our descent”, conscientiously cultivating those habits of mind and practical behaviors that will help fashion a good life post-collapse.

March 16, 2018 •
Nicole Dehne, VOF Certification Director

Spring 2018 NOSB Materials Posted

The next National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be taking place on April 25-27 in Tucson, AZ. The NOSB will be voting on and discussing the use of materials on organic farms and in organic food at this upcoming meeting.

March 14, 2018 •
Kim Norman Mercer, NOFA-VT Communications Coordinator

What makes a CSA so lovely?

NOFA Vermont online directory makes it easy to sign up for Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)

March 14, 2018 •
Kim Mercer, NOFA-VT Communications Coordinator

Young Chefs Test Their Skills in Iron Chef Competition 

As one of the first youth culinary competitions in the country, Jr Iron Chef VT has challenged and inspired more than 3,000 Vermont students to learn about and source local ingredients, develop recipes that inspire school meal programs, and cook whole, local foods from scratch.  Jr Iron Chef VT is a program of Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day), a partnership project of NOFA-VT and Shelburne Farms. 

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