Archive for the ‘Life Lens’ Category

NEK Case Study #4: Goats, Goats and more Goats!

Posted: July 5, 2016

A Goat Story: Vermont Chevon creates a market for goat meat Since 2011, Vermont Chevon has been slowly building a second-life for Vermont’s goat industry. Vermont Chevon buys surplus livestock and turns it into a premium protein source that is healthier and leaner than other meats. Likewise, Shirley Richardson has built a second-career for herself, [...]

Just Get your Fork in the Dirt….

Posted: January 22, 2015

The following is a guest post from Emerson Hunger Fellow Nora Leccese. She has been working to identify opportunities for the charitable food system to collaborate with the local food system to make fresh food more accessible to low income Vermonters.  She is focusing specifically on how the Vermont Foodbank could use the Venture Center [...]

Harvest Dinner at Hardwick Elementary School

Posted: October 31, 2014

by CAE Community Projects Coordinator Bethany M. Dunbar      Hardwick Elementary School’s 2014 fall harvest dinner October 14 was a huge success by all accounts, with no less than 237 people enjoying the fruits of the schools’ efforts as a true Sustainability Academy. It was truly a gourmet-quality meal with homemade (or should we [...]

Just another Friday

Posted: August 9, 2013

it’s more organized than you think!

VFVC Producer Spotlight: Yummy Yammy Sweet Potato Dips

Posted: November 7, 2012

Lisa Johnson of Yummy Yammy (far left) with our VFVC crew! Vermont Food Venture Center Producer Spotlight Lisa Johnson of Yummy Yammy, was one of the first clients we took on the Vermont Food Venture Center. Since her start, her fantastic energy and dedication have been an inspiration to all of us!In our interview, she [...]

Sweet Heart

Posted: July 25, 2012

This short was created for the Green Mountain Film Festival by a few local high school students with their friends and families, and won the GM 48 Hour Film Slam 2012 .  Enjoy!  .

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 [...]

Local Words: “Spring = Crazy” on a Diversified Vermont Farm

Posted: May 25, 2012

Ah, it has been awhile since we’ve posted Local Words for you! Spring is busy. Busy with us here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy as we wrap up spring and ramp up for summer and busy at the Vermont Food Venture as we continue to welcome new clients, plan new workshops and get [...]

Local Words: Town Meeting

Posted: March 21, 2012

Another week and another post of Local Words! Paige Wierikko, our Program Intern here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy, wrote a narrative earlier this month when she attended her first Town Meeting in Vermont. Although Paige was there to observe the tradition of “direct democracy”, her essay for us reflects on the community [...]

Local Words: A “Dating” Service for Food Producers

Posted: March 21, 2012

Annie Rowell is the Center for an Agricultural Economy‘s Farm-to-Institution Program Associate and began working for us last summer shortly after her graduation from Middlebury College. A multi-generation Vermonter, Annie has been the driving force behind our pilot Farm-to-Institution program at the Vermont Food Venture Center, funded by the John Merck Foundation and the Vermont Agricultural [...]