Seven Days: At Butterworks Farm, a Family Faces Succession

By Hannah Palmer-Egan – June 14, 2017 As an only child growing up at Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Christine Lazor spent lots of time alone. She’d play on the stone walls and in the tree lines at the edges of the fields. “I enjoyed being invisible,” she said, “out of the way, unobtrusive. I think Continue Reading

VPR: A Shifting Landscape: The Future Of Vermont Farms

Vermont agriculture is in a period of transition. Farmers are aging, but that’s opening the door for a new generation of younger farmers. And dairy, which anchors the farm economy, faces steep challenges, while the Vermont brand is as strong as ever, spurring products ranging from goat milk caramels to farm-to-bottle vodka. In a continuing Continue Reading

VT Digger: Welch legislation encourages young farmers to pursue agriculture

News Release — Rep. Peter Welch June 14, 2017 Contact: Kate Hamilton (202) 440-3340 Welch Unveils Legislation to Remove Faced by Young Farmers RICHMOND, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch today convened a roundtable of young Vermont farmers and agricultural leaders to discuss the challenges facing young people interested in pursuing agricultural careers. Welch unveiled bipartisan Continue Reading

VPR: Montpelier Butchery Revives A Neighborhood Tradition

By Steve Zind • May 22, 2017 Beau Butchery and Bar, which opened in Montpelier in December, is yet another example of the growth of the local food movement. It’s also an effort to recapture the tradition of the neighborhood butcher shop. The stainless steel slicing machine hums away under the music. Next to it, Continue Reading

Civil Eats: How ACA Repeal Would Hurt Farmers and Rural Communities

By Debbie Weingarten  |  HEALTH, Young Farmers Unite 05.04.17 Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 narrowly passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the spring of 2015, Kathryn Skelley-Watts took a break from planting crops Continue Reading