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.

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

Posted in Financial Mgmt, Insurance, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Risk management

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

Posted in Farmer Profiles, Financial Mgmt, Goals, Land access, Marketing, Quality of Life, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Scaling up

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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Staying Competitive in Maturing Local Food Markets

“As local food markets mature and competition increases, it’s becoming harder for experienced farmers to maintain market share and new farmers to break in”, says Rose Wilson, business development expert.  In a maturing market, while overall direct sales of Vermont farms are increasing, the rate of growth is decreasing. Continue reading

Posted in Facts & Figures, Financial Mgmt, Marketing, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Risk management