Category Archives: Goals

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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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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Growing a business: Part 2 of Spotlight on Good Heart Farmstead

By Suzy Hodgson, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture With five years of farming behind her, Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead, has the experience to respond to feedback from CSA members and to balance her job with her farmer partner … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead

By Suzy Hodgson, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture A vegetarian for six years, Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead, had been interested in sustainable farming since graduating with an Environmental Studies and English degree in 2009. But after reading Pollan’s … Continue reading

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