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.
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.
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.
NOFA Vermont online directory makes it easy to sign up for Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)
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.
NOFA-VT is offering one-on-one technical assistance to growers interested in analyzing their costs of production. This service is structured to be "a la carte" - you can choose to jump into a full cost of productio
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 36th annual Winter Conference a success, especially our generous sponsors who make it possible with their financial support. View numbers and see a photo gallery from the conference.
Legislative Update | March 2018
NOFA-VT is looking for volunteers to help with their preparing and assisting with their Bulk Order, a bulk order sale of farming and gardening supplies which benefits their Farm to Community Mentor Program. Volunteers are welcomed to volunteer for the full day or a minimum of a 3 hour shift. Multiple volunteers are needed per shift.
The NOFA Interstate Council has a committee on Domestic Fair Trade
January 26, 2018 marks the first major compliance date for farms covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce with greater than $500,000 in annual produce sales must be in compliance with the rule’s standards for on-farm produce safety practices beginning Friday. To assist growers in making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) launched the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program, which recently awarded eight grants of between $7,000 and $10,000 to Vermont growers to make on-farm food safety improvements. Growers will have another opportunity to apply for Produce Safety Improvement Grants beginning February 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM.
Your voice, your future, your opportunity. Data from the Census of Agriculture help develop and shape farm programs and services. Help spread the word.