October 2017 Blog Posts

October 17, 2017 •
Maddie Monty Kempner, Membership & Advocacy Coordinator

In Support of DACA and Immigration Reform

From the Northeast Organic Farming Association Interstate Committee on Domestic Fair Trade Five years ago, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was initiated as a temporary measure to protect individuals who came to this country as children from deportation. DACA allows recipients to...

October 10, 2017 •
Kirsti Blow, NOFA-VT Communications Intern

Through the Eyes of an Intern: Keep the Soil in Organic Rally in Burlington

The Intervale’s beautiful early-fall landscape stretched out before me as my car rumbled down the dirt road. As a junior at UVM—and a recent addition to the NOFA family as a communications and marketing intern—I wasn’t sure what to expect at the rally to Keep the Soil in...

October 3, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, NOFA-VT Communications Coordinato

Annual Agricultural Literacy Week Features New Film: “Vermont Farm Kids”

For this year’s Agricultural Literacy Week, NOFA-VT is proud to present a new film, “Vermont Farm Kids” produced by Maria Reade and filmed by James Chandler. This short documentary depicts the unique and poignant stories of farm kids (ages 10-28) from across the state of Vermont. The film expresses the importance of what it means to each child to grow up on their own farm, and how their experiences have shaped their lives. This project has been made possible by sponsors from Farm Credit East: the Johnson Family Foundation, and Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation.

October 3, 2017 •
Kyla Bedard, NOFA-VT Dairy Program Coordinator

NOFA-VT Organic Dairy Update

Now is a great time to be proactive and see if farms are a good fit for organic, as it can take up to three years to transition - they can begin the process now and be ready for when the market opens up. This proactive planning process should include planning to assure that the land base (pasture and other crops), infrastructure and management of the farm are suitable for organic certification. It should also include financial planning and communication with potential milk buyers.