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Dairy crisis is worse than most

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copyright the Chronicle August 31, 2016 by Joseph Gresser A pair of Orleans County farmers say conventional dairying is in a crisis that is invisible to those outside their industry. Deborah Blay, who runs D&D Farm in Westfield with her husband, Durwood, and P... More »

Farmers favor new DFA settlement plan

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copyright the Chronicle May 18, 2016 by Joseph Gresser BURLINGTON – A crowd of dairy farmers spent a day in federal court here last week telling U.S. Judge Christina Reiss their thoughts on the proposed settlement in a case against Dairy Farmers of America (DF... More »

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More agriculture, more jobs

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  copyright the Chronicle May 6, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph The six-year-old Farm to Plate initiative appears to be doing its job and has noticeably helped bolster Vermont’s farm and food economy, according to a report released earlier this year. Among oth... More »

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In West Glover: Andersonville Farm has a new champion

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copyright the Chronicle January 14, 2015 by Joseph Gresser WEST GLOVER — James Coe traveled by way of Oregon to get to the office at Andersonville Farm where he sat Thursday afternoon. As one of the owners and the managing partner of the farm, Mr. Coe now work... More »

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Navigating the complexities of the simple life

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copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014 The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit, by Ben Hewitt with Penny Hewitt. Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, 2015; Paperbound, 352 ... More »

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Are hops making a comeback in Vermont?

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copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014 by Aaron Dentel-Post In 1850, Vermont grew 8.2 percent of the nation’s hops, with Orleans County accounting for 77,605 pounds of the crop a year. The crop was so important that children were taken out of school at harve... More »

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At 91, Francis Whitcomb recalls varied career

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copyright the Chronicle September 10, 2014 by David Dudley ALBANY — At 91 years of age, Francis Whitcomb has held any number of titles, formal and otherwise: Lister, moderator, planning commissioner, justice of the peace, chairman of the Orleans County Democra... More »

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GMO bill splits local legislators by party

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copyright the Chronicle May 21, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar Orleans County farmers and consumers won’t be immediately affected by Vermont’s first-in-the-nation passage of legislation requiring labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. The legislat... More »

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Farm bill passes U.S. Senate

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copyright the Chronicle February 5, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar The federal farm bill passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday, 68 to 32. The bill includes a key provision for dairy farmers, called a Margin Protection Plan.  Similar to crop insurance, it allows farmers to... More »

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A practical guide to the future of farming

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Farms With a Future; Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business, by Rebecca Thistlethwaite, foreword by Richard Wiswall, published by Chelsea Green in White River Junction, Vermont, 2013; paperback, 336 pages, $29.95. Reviewed by Bethany M. Dunbar Rebecc... More »