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Hope abounds in Hardwick hoop house

Posted: April 20, 2016

by Community Projects Coordinator Bethany M. Dunbar Spring is the season for hope, and here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) in Hardwick hope abounds in our brand new community hoop house. We put it up last fall thanks to a donation in memory of Vernon Alper, a community gardener. It was built [...]

The Future Economy: Research by Kate Olson

Posted: February 23, 2015

Read through this most recent scholarly article on the impact of food and agricultural economics in Hardwick and the surrounding towns. Kate Olson, who studied with area businesses, and lived here in the Kingdom last summer, writes a terrific piece on how the economics of a regional can rely mostly on the sharing and collaboration [...]

Grow Your Own program makes 2015 plans

Posted: January 27, 2015

by Community Projects Coordinator Bethany M. Dunbar The Center for an Agricultural Economy, the Hardwick Area Food Pantry and NEK Kids on the Move run the Grow Your Own project together with initial support from VT Community Foundation. While our 2014 session was terrific; we have lots of development, engagement and new planning for 2015. [...]

Changes to CAE Staff

Posted: July 17, 2013

The Center for an Agricultural Economy, home of the Vermont Food Venture Center, has announced that Monty Fischer, founding Executive Director and most recently, Development Director, has left the organization. Sarah Waring, CAE’s current Executive Director writes: ” Over the course of the past four months, I have had the privilege and honor of working [...]

Food Waste – Waste Not, Want Not

Posted: July 12, 2013

If we were to save just 15% of the food we waste, we would feed 25 million people.   Food Waste: A Story of Excess infographic by visually.  

Harlow Farm is “Sharing the Harvest”

Posted: August 16, 2012

Paul Harlow - photo courtesy of VT Foodbank This great post from the Vermont Foodbank features Paul Harlow, the farmer behind Harlow Farm and Westminister Organics. He is also a recipient of a loan from the Vermont Farm Fund and we are so proud that we could be a part of his recovery after Tropical Storm Irene. [...]

Connecting happiness to our local food system (Pt. 2 of 2)

Posted: July 24, 2012

By Heather Davis, Food Systems Monitoring and Evaluation Research Associate at the Center for an Agricultural Economy See the first part of this blog How does measuring happiness and well-being relate to the work I do at the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) and the general work of the organization?  The CAE’s mission is [...]

Meet Sweet Rowen Farmstead

Posted: June 18, 2012

A recipient of a Vermont Farm Fund Emergency Loan in 2011, Paul Lisai of Sweet Rowen Farmstead recently celebrated a May 2012 grand Re -opening of his business and processing house. This is what he had to say about how the VFF Emergency Loan helped him get to this point. After the fire at Ploughgate Creamery I [...]

Vermont is Taking Big Steps in Cultivating Happiness!!

Posted: June 14, 2012

This two part post is written by Heather Davis, our Food Systems Monitoring and Evaluation Research Associate. Heather collects data for the Center for an Agricultural Economy and helps us understand whether we are achieving our goals when it comes to our programming and monitoring our results.  Vermont is Taking Big Steps in Cultivating Happiness!! (part [...]

When One Door Closes…

Posted: April 23, 2012

With the rains and flooding from Tropical Store Irene on August 28, 2012, we lost the Hardwick Community Garden to the Lamoille River. It was dispiriting to see all the hard work over the past few years disappear with the topsoil, vegetables and flowers only to be replaced with silt, sand and rocks. Just months [...]