Author Archives: Suzy Hodgson

About Suzy Hodgson

Suzy works on and writes about issues at the intersections of risk, climate, environment, and economics in farming including food, fiber, waste, and energy. She is based at UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Growing a Business while Growing Up

With her prize-winning registered Border Leicester sheep flock, Lydia Smith is a beginning farmer to watch. Lydia’s business, Echo Ridge Flock, sells breeding stock, feeder lambs, raw fleeces, wool blankets, pelts and meat, and provides shearing services for other small … Continue reading

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What Are USDA Risk Management Programs? 

by Jake Jacobs, UVM Crop Insurance Education Coordinator Farming is risky business. No matter how well your farm is managed, or the steps you take to reduce the risks in your operation, unexpected events can cause losses that may severely … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Golden Well: A Farm offering much more than vegetables

Early season rains are one of the pragmatic reasons why Nicole and Ryan have been looking differently at their farm, which they purchased in 2015.  For two years running, their farm, Golden Well, suffered a loss. In 2016, the bridge … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Golden Well: Bees and Floods Bring New Life to Farm & Sanctuary

By Suzy Hodgson, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Moving beyond farming and their apiary, Nicole and Ryan have created a novel healing center, retreat, and event space “devoted to re-potentiating our relationship with the living earth.” Their place is called … Continue reading

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Managing Agricultural Risk

By Jake Jacobs, UVM Crop Insurance Education Coordinator Spring will be here soon, and this winter we’ve already had some glimpses of the weather to come. Now is a good time to update your farm business plan, including assessing how … Continue reading

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