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Summary Results of Fall 2016 OSSU Farm to School Family Survey

Posted: October 24, 2016

Thank you to all Family Farm to School Survey participants! The survey was made available to all OSSU families – we received responses from 72 families representing all six schools, which we estimate to be a 10% participation rate of total families across OSSU. We hope you take a moment to review these results and [...]

We’re hiring a half-time Community Organizer!

Posted: October 7, 2016

CAE is seeking a passionate community organizer  to help create a new organization aimed at lasting systems change for the Northeast Kingdom This person will work with our team in the coming year to seek new leaders and organizations to join us. These efforts will lead to a founding event to start a new organization. [...]

NEK Case Study1: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is a leader!

Posted: May 13, 2016

The Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan is under development!! Following on the success of the March Food System Plan Summit, we’ve been hard at work updating the plan, drafting and vetting strategies and action items, and researching a series of case studies that showcase local examples of goals. Below is a draft of one of [...]

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 [...]

We’re hiring: place-based education and agriculture!

Posted: March 11, 2016

For the past few years, the CAE has helped to build kitchen classrooms, community greenhouses, garden beds, and run field trips with our students within Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union. Now, we’re engaged in a longer term partnership with OSSU, to plan for how we can use our community food systems assets as resources for the [...]

Do we still Manufacture Food in the NEK? What’s the Scoop?

Posted: March 2, 2016

Are We Making Food Here?  Have we created Jobs in Food Production? Taylar Foster shares the data behind our Food Manufacturing in the NEK…. A key piece of the food system is turning our raw products, like wheat, milk, or fresh produce, into “value-added products”, bread, cheese, or ketchup. Across Vermont, this type of value-added [...]

Spring and summer events at the Center for an Agricultural Economy

Posted: May 6, 2015

by Bethany M. Dunbar, Community Projects Coordinator The weather has finally lifted, and we are enjoying some warmth and sun. Here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy that means lots of activity. We have some great events all planned for the summer, with more in the works. Here’s what we have for sure right [...]

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. [...]

Welcoming a New Intern from New England Culinary Institute!

Posted: January 14, 2014

This year, the Center for an Ag Economy brings on yet another intern from the New England Culinary Institute. It’s a great opportunity for us; bringing on skilled food experts who are expanding their knowledge and experience.  Let us introduce you to Rick Beun!     Rick comes from a military background; he had 6 years [...]