ST. ALBANS — Ask St. Albans author Ilamae Lund about plans for her birthday next year, or any designs she might have for a fourth book, and she laughs. Hard. “It’s a day at a time for this old kid,” Lund said on Dec. 9, during a book signing at The Eloquent Page, in St. Albans.
BURLINGTON — Green State Gardener, launched as a Web-based business more than a year ago, added a retail store in Burlington’s South End this summer. Business partners Christopher Walsh and Dylan Raap opened the store on Pine Street, in a portion of the space previously occupied by Burlington Furniture. Under a tagline encouraging customers to “grow your own health revolution,” the business offers a full line of products to grow medicinal plants, as well as other indoor- and small-space gardening solutions. These include indoor and outdoor medicinal plants kits, organic soils and fertilizers, grow lights and tents, greenhouses, fans, filters and ventilation equipment, planters and pots, and accessories for grow-room or outdoor gardening. “The online business, which pre-dates the store by about a year, started with medicinal plants in general, of which cannabis is one,” Raap said.
WESTFORD — For the past 35 autumns, motorists driving on Old Stage Road here have slowed in front of Adams Turkey Farm, rolled down a window and heard “Gobble gobble gobble.” To the passerby, that is the sound of a thousand Thanksgiving turkeys, but to Judy and Dave Adams and their son Phil, it’s the sound of the most tiring time of the year.
CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Sterling College and Green Mountain College were recently honored by the OnlineCollegePlan.com rankings for the best college farms in the U.S. The 11th spot went to Sterling College Farm, part of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and the Green Mountain College Organic Farm at Cerridwen Farm was 12th. Middlebury College and the University of Vermont also made the list, which had a total of 60 college farms from across the country. The rankings were compiled in honor of National Farm to School Month in October, a month dedicated to spreading awareness and celebrating the efforts of the farms at participating schools.
CHARLOTTE — Milk Money L3C, an equity crowdfunding portal for Vermonters, recently announced its fourth Invest Local campaign, from Green Mountain Organic Creamery, or GMOC, the home of Kimball Brook Farm organic milk. Vermonters will have the opportunity to learn more about, and invest in, the GMOC campaign via the Milk Money platform. Milk Money offers the opportunity for true “impact investing,” since a dollar invested in a local business generates potential financial return as well as tangible social return on investment. For more details or to participate, visit www.milkmoneyvt.com.
WINOOSKI — Jaws dropped statewide over the summer when a study revealed that farms statewide are losing more than 14 million pounds of marketable food a year. But now, a new surplus crop food hub that has opened in Winooski aims to broaden access to those millions of pounds of produce. Salvation Farms officially opened the Vermont Commodity Program in Winooski during a Sept. 27 kickoff event, which drew more than 70 people to the 276 East Allen St. facility.
BURLINGTON — Farm-business educators with the University of Vermont Extension are available in October for private consultations with farmers to answer questions on finances and business planning. These farm business and budget clinics will be offered by Mark Cannella, Mike Dolce, Tony Kitsos and Betsy Miller at various UVM Extension Offices throughout the state. Times vary according to location. The cost is $25 for a 90-minute one-on-one session. Slots are expected to fill up quickly, so early sign up is recommended.
Does market demand match your vision for company growth, but exceed your ability to supply the product? Such was the case for Black River Produce’s dream of delivering local and natural Vermont-raised meat products to the northeast corridor.
Brenda Frank was recently chosen as the new president and CEO of Yankee Farm Credit. Frank will start on Oct. 1 as president- and CEO-elect, taking on the full duties on Jan. 1. She replaces retiring president and CEO George Putnam.