Archive for the ‘Practical Information’ Category

NEK Case Study 2: Funding by Farmers, for Farmers!

Posted: June 3, 2016

The Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan is under development! Work is underway to update the plan, draft and vet strategies and action items, and research a series of case studies that showcase local examples of the plan’s goals. Below is a draft of one of the case studies, highlighting the Vermont Farm Fund, a revolving [...]

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 [...]

Sterling College Partnership: COLLEGE to Farm!

Posted: June 10, 2015

What does that mean? Shouldn’t it be Farm to College? Our local partner, Sterling College, doesn’t have it backwards. Instead, they are announcing a new program and partnership with the Center for an Agricultural Economy in which students who graduate are given scholarships to start a food or farm based business! In particular, this program [...]

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. [...]

USDA grant provides for NEK Food System Plan Update

Posted: September 16, 2014

On Friday, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, Krysta Harden, visited Vermont. She was hosted by Ted Brady, our State Director of USDA Rural Development, and when we met her, she was at Intervale Community Farm, learning more from Travis and Andy about the Intervale Center and the Burlington area’s passion for farming [...]

ServeSafe in August and October

Posted: August 19, 2013

The Center for an Agricultural Economy sponsors and conducts a ServSafe Class in our conference room, located at 140 Junction Road in Hardwick, for up to 8 individual students and can host group classes for businesses who have several individuals who need the instruction, but are looking to control costs. ServSafe is a Food Service Sanitation Course [...]

Late Blight Alert – July 3, 2013

Posted: July 3, 2013

From Vern Grubinger, guru of all things vegetable and berry.   Dear vegetable growers, Late blight has been moving northward, with the most recent confirmation in NJ. You should plan now to protect potatoes and tomatoes. This disease can quickly devastate those crops once it arrives and weather conditions are conducive for infection – warm [...]

Current and Future Client Gathering is Wed, May 22!

Posted: May 21, 2013

Dear Current and Future Vermont Food Venture Center clients! We have entered a new year, and have spent some time thinking through our services and our goals here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy’s Food Venture Center. We are hosting a client gathering on May 22, from 5pm to 6.30pm and we’d like to have you join us here in [...]