Category Archives: Facts & Figures

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

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What does the 2012 Census of Agriculture have to do with me?

It’s no secret that farming can be an isolating and difficult vocation at certain times. A farmer’s typical daily duties might include keeping up with the weeds, caring for sick animals, moving chickens, fulfilling wholesale orders, rushing to the farmers’ … Continue reading

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The Vermont Natural Resources Atlas– A Resource for Farm Mapping

The value of mapping tools to Farmers In my work as the Vermont Field Agent for Land For Good, I work with both farmers looking for land and non-farming property owners who are looking to make their land available for … Continue reading

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Farming in Ireland

I am on a sabbatical from my work at UVM Extension and am here in Ireland studying with Teagasc, the Ag and Food Development Authority— kind of like our US land grant system. It conducts research, extension, and teaching. (For … Continue reading

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Youth Farm Safety & Adolescent Worker Guidelines

What do you remember about your first job? My memories are vivid and immediate. They have a lot to do with who I am today.  Heading out to the pasture with my beloved pup summer mornings; learning to drive the … Continue reading

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