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Can Lessons from Vermont Keep Local Agriculture Alive in Montana?

By Erika Fredrickson Missoula Independent/High Country News This story is part of The Montana Gap Project, produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network. On a recent Wednesday morning, a small group of farmers gathered at a table inside a … Continue reading

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What Does “Local Coffee” Really Mean?

By Charlie Mitchell Vermont is widely known as a haven of innovation and progress for all things related to food and agriculture. We take care to buy local, know our farmer and promote practices that are good for the earth. … Continue reading

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Vermont’s Food System Workforce Dilemma

By Ellen Kahler Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermont’s struggle to grow its workforce weakens our economy, inhibits the ability for Vermont businesses to expand their operations, and threatens the ability for Vermonters and future generations to grow and … Continue reading

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Developing an Exit Strategy to Keep Food Businesses in Vermont

More than 30 percent of the state’s farmland is currently owned or managed by farmers older than 65. An estimated 91 percent of these farmers do not have an operator under the age of 45 working with them. But this … Continue reading

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Fair Trade Labeling Makes its Way onto U.S. Products

By Sharon Palmer Until recently, the Fair Trade label was only seen on products from farms outside the United States. That all changed when Wholesum Harvest, a family-owned farm located in Nogales, Arizona, was certified by Fair Trade USA. Fair … Continue reading

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