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.
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.
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.
More information about the effort to "Keep the Soil in Organic"
Article: Slinging Mud Over the Organic Label (National Geographic Magazine)
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.
Program provides training, mentoring, educational stipend, and more
For Immediate Release – October 13, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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Op-ed published in VT Digger by Jack Lazor, co-owner of Butterworks Farm, a certified organic dairy operation in Westfield, VT
As next Tuesday's Vermont primary election nears, Vermonters should know where our candidates stand on critical food and farming policy issues. Contact your candidates for state and federal office and find out their views on local food systems, water quality, genetic engineering, climate change, and more.