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December 7, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

NOFA-VT & VOF Submit Fall NOSB Comments

Below are public comments made to the National Organic Standards Board on October 26, 2016 by Nicole Dehne, Certification Director of Vermont Organic Farmers LLC and Madison Monty, Policy Advisor, NOFA-VT.

December 7, 2016 •
Cheryl Herrick, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Can Vermont Wool Make Houses Warmer, and Sheep Farming Profitable?

UVM announces the launch of a new research project to assess the feasibility of using wool from Vermont sheep as an insulation material, and for other building and household products.  The launch event was hosted by collaborator Open View Farm located in New Haven, Vermont and home to a flock of Tunis Dorset ewes. This exploration of a value-added product hopes to provide sheep farmers with new sources of revenue, and to add to the availability of environmentally friendly products for the building trade.

December 7, 2016 •
Sarah Webb, VT-FEED

NECI student chefs taste-test recipes in Addison Co. elementary schools

On Monday, December 12th, student chefs from NECI will visit four Addison County public school cafeterias to cook and taste-test new recipes with elementary school students to supplement the first-of-its-kind publication, New School Cuisine: Nutritious Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks.

November 7, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Organic pioneers and supporters fight to 'Keep the Soil in Organic'

Organic farmers and their supporters came from all over New England to rally and protest the federal government’s allowance of hydroponically-grown fruits and vegetables to be labeled as “USDA Certified Organic.”  Among the speakers who addressed a crowd of roughly 250 farmers, food advocates and organic consumers on Sunday, October 30th were U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME), farmer/authors Eliot Coleman and Will Allen, and organic farmer David Zuckerman, who is also a state senator and a major candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Vermont.

October 10, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

Food & Farming Questions for Candidates

Wondering where our state and federal candidates for office stand on critical food and farming issues? As the November election nears, here are our suggested questions for the candidates.

October 10, 2016 •
Dave Chapman, Vermont Organic Farmer

Rally in the Valley

At the Rally in the Valley, there will be a tractor cavalcade, some speechifying, pizza from the NOFA-VT oven, food from the Skinny Pancake, and music. NOFA-VT will be filming the event to share as testimony at the NOSB meeting in St. Louis and renowned organic farmer Eliot Coleman from Maine will be joining us as well as Congressman Peter Welch and Senator Patrick Leahy! Senator Leahy has been a long-time advocate of soil-based organic farming and this will be our chance to thank him for his many years of hard work maintaining the integrity of the National Organic Program.

September 17, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

What's Important to You?

NOFA Vermont advocates for policies that strengthen our food system by supporting sustainable farming practices, improving economic opportunities for farmers, and expanding access to local and organic foods for all Vermonters. 

September 17, 2016

2016 Farmer Olympics: Media & Photos

First, don't miss these amazing features by the Boston Globe and the Valley News! → Boston Globe article & photo gallery

September 15, 2016 •
Jack Lazor, Vermont Organic Farmer

Sustainability

Op-ed published in VT Digger by Jack Lazor, co-owner of Butterworks Farm, a certified organic dairy operation in Westfield, VT

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