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The Conspiracy of Goodwill: Gus Seelig and the VHCB

For more than three decades, Gustave “Gus” Seelig has quietly had a hand in more than a billion dollars’ worth of socially responsible Vermont development projects, including the conservation of affordable housing complexes, the preservation of historic buildings and the biggest land conservation project of the last century. Today, in the wake… Read more...

Nordic Farm continues agri-lution under famous red roof

Charlotte’s Nordic Farm is set to realize the future of Vermont agriculture as a multifaceted working landscape. Nordic Farm is focusing on finding new ways for sustainable agriculture to continue on its lands — proven to be vital for both local communities and the natural environment. Read more...

Will Raap Plans to Turn Nordic Farms Into a Grain-Based Ag Hub

Will Raap, the founder of Gardener’s Supply and the Intervale Center, in collaboration with partners, plans to purchase and turn Nordic Farms into a Grain-Based Ag Hub, that showcases Vermont grains, botanicals and beverages on a working farm that produces these goods Read more...

Over $93.5 million dollars is available for local food grants

Vermont Business Magazine - The USDA is now accepting applications for three different grants that support the development, coordination and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and enterprises and value-added agricultural products. Over $93.5 million dollars is available in total. Read more...

Vermont Land Trust News

Check out Vermont Land Trust's latest news of recent successes and upcoming events on birding, gardening, and estate planning, and more! Read more...

Hoffer report: Examining Vermont State Spending on the Dairy Industry

Vermont Business Magazine - Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer today released a first-ever comprehensive accounting of Vermont state government’s total annual spending in support of Vermont’s dairy industry. From State fiscal year 2010 to 2019 Read more...

Farmers, food producers to offer virtual behind-the-scenes look at Vermont Agriculture, May 12-13

Vermont Business Magazine #Farm24VT, a a social media celebration of agriculture, food, and dairy in Vermont, is set for May 12 at 5:00 a.m. and will run for a full twenty-four hours. Read more...

Charlotte Land Trust Latest Annual Report

The latest Charlotte Land Trust Annual Report is now available. Read more...

Charlotte Selectboard Contemplates the Loss of Marty Illick and Terry Dinnan (copy 1)

Community members jumped right in at a special Selectboard meeting last night to measure the loss to the Town and entire Vermont Conservation community of Selectboard member, Marty Illick and her husband, Terry Dinnan - both lifelong active and ardent conservationists. Marty was a 20 year Board member of the Charlotte Land Trust. Read more...

Governor Scott names inaugural members of new agriculture commission, Including CLT Board Member Steven Schubart

Governor Scott named the inaugural members to the Governor's Commission on the Future of Vermont's Agriculture. The Commission’s charge will focus on ensuring the viability and adaptability of Vermont’s agriculture and food system, by delivering recommendations to the Governor for more cross-sector collaboration, increasing production and… Read more...

That Vermont Grit

Vermont Agency of Agriculture reports on the COVID-19 Impacts on Vermont Farms and Food Businesses and the resilience, hope, and inspiration witnessed across Vermont's farming and food community in a newly released summary of a project undertaken with University of Vermont and UVM Extension to capture farm and food business stories. "The COVID-19… Read more...

The South Charlotte Farm and Viewshed Project

Charlotte has just gained another conserved farm – Head Over Fields Farm. In March, John and Carol Snow sold 71.7 acres of excellent farmland to Katie Rose Leonard and Bryan Seward; at the same time they sold a conservation easement on that land to the Vermont Land Trust. The property is a major component of the Mt Philo scenic viewshed. Read more...

VHCB Water Quality Grants Available for Vermont Farms

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program(link is external), a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, has grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality. Read more...

New Plan to Strengthen Vermont's Agriculture And Food System Released

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund through its Farm to Plate Initiative, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) have released the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030 Read more...

Vermont Land Trust Announces Virtual Events for Adults and Kids

Looking for something to do this month? The Vermont Land Trust is offering a number of free virtual events and activities including: - Over and Under the Snow: Virtual Story Ski and Tour of Northeast Kingdom Winter Recreation Spots - Bark, Buds & Branches: Learn to Identify Trees in Winter - What Animal Is This? Virtual Wildlife Tracking… Read more...

The Northeast Dairy Business Inonvation Center Launches

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announces the full launch of the Vermont-based Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) funded by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS). Read more...

Charlotte Farm Study Goes Out to Farmers

The Charlotte Land Trust is working with the University of Vermont's Center for Rural Studies to conduct a Charlotte Farm Study in order to understand the current state of farming in town and to look through a conservation lens to identify challenges and opportunities in the future. Read more...

Farm Succession Planner Work to Preserve Vermont's Agricultural Heritage

The succession of farm ownership is different from that of another business because “the economics are pretty unique,” said Don Devost, a partner at Marble Trail Financial in Middlebury. Farms often hold a valuable asset in their land, and sometimes a retiring farmer can make more money developing that land than selling the farm, said Devost, whose… Read more...

CSAs and Direct Farm Sales Have Soared During The Pandemic

Amid the uncertainly of the pandemic some local farms have doubled or tripled direct sales to Vermonters, with business at farm stands and Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) soaring in the state. Read more...

Steve Schubart: In Partnership With His Cows

A Charlotte News profile and interview with Steve Schubart, a CLT board member and owner of the Grass Cattle Company, in Charlotte Read more...

Vermont Land Trust On Line Classes - November 2020

The latest on line class offerings from the Vermont Land Trust. Read more...

30 Dairy and Livestock Farms Get Nearly $1 Million for Water Quality Improvements

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $956,000 to 30 farms in Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windham Counties to support capital investments that improve water quality. Some of these awards will also support… Read more...

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is Fully Funded

The Land and Water Conservation Fund now has full and dedicated funding. That means that $900 million will be committed each year to protecting important land, water and recreation areas that benefit all Americans. Read more...

Vermont’s Dairy Business Innovation Center gets $6.13 million

Senator Patrick Leahy on Thursday announced a significant funding increase for the Vermont-Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center from the national program’s funding level which has allowed the allocation for Vermont to increase from $450,000 in 2019, to more than $6.1 million in 2020. Read more...

Governor Presents Plans for $25 Million Dairy Farm Relief Grants

Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) today announced the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program for dairy producers and processors who have experienced income loss, additional expenses and market disruption as a result of the pandemic. Read more...

Small Grants to Farmers Serve as a Bridge to Recovery

34 Farms Received Funds Through Vermont Land Trust's COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Initiative Read more...

Bird Conservation for Land Trust News

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has just released this newsletter as a part of a series focused on land trusts and bird conservation. In this edition, we introduce you to free bird resources to help instill joy during this time of uncertainty, outline steps land trusts can take to help curb bird declines, and provide an update on exciting eBird… Read more...

VLT - New Farms Take Root In Vermont

Vermont Land Trust's Farmland Access Program, helps entrepreneurial farmers find affordable farms of their own. Read more...

Land Trust Alliance Magazine latest edition

Read the latest version of the Land Trust Alliance magazine, Saving Land Read more...

ACORN Launches Champlain Valley Virtual Farmers' Market and Online Guide

ACORN, Addison County Relocalization Network has just launched an interactive map of farm and virtual farmers market in the Champlain Valley. Read more...

Naturalist Sue Morse To Speak On Climate Change

The Charlotte Land Trust will host a public talk by Sue Morse on March 29, at the Charlotte Senior Center. Morse is a highly regarded expert on natural history and wildlife tracking. Read more...

Young Farmer Bolstered by Land Conservation

Dylan Preston, will purchase farmland at the intersection of Guinea and One Mile road thanks to a Vermont Land Trust conservation easement and the help of another local farmer. The purchase will include funding by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Charlotte Conservation Board, and the Charlotte Land Trust (Burlington Free Press). Read more...

Banding Together For Birds In Charlotte

A morning of learning about birds with Mark LaBarr, Audubon Vermont, sponsored by the The Charlotte Land Trust. Read more...

Bidinger Conservation Helps Bean Family Purchase Farm

Patricia Bidinger conserved 75 acres of fertile farmland earlier this year working with the Vermont Land Trust, and support from donors including the Charlotte Conservation Fund, allowing the Bean family to purchase the land for their dairy business (Vermont Land Trust). Read more...

Hinsdale/Preston Project Completed

This was a great project that not only conserved a parcel of very good farmland in Town; it made it affordable for a young farmer to be able to purchase his first farm. Read more...