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Video ~ Watch "The Future of Vermont's Working Landscape Summit" held at the State House on December 10, 2010

The Vermont Council for Rural Development sponsored the State House summit of more than 300 people from agriculture, forestry, business, and public policy. The day highlighted the continuing crisis that is fragmenting the working landscape in Vermont and unveiled bold new steps to reverse this trend. The Summit also launched a new nonpartisan and broad-based partnership to support local agriculture and forestry, grow and attract farm and forest entrepreneurs, and conserve Vermont’s Working Landscape far into the future.

Our Working Landscape and Our Future - Donath Commentary

In the hearts of most Vermonters, our state is first among the great places in America. Vermont is also a great, unspoiled place in the imaginations of its visitors, and in the minds of many thoughtful people around the country and the world. This identity or “brand” is the basis of Vermont’s outstanding quality of life, and it drives much of our economy, including agriculture and food products, real estate and construction, and tourism.

e-VT reaches out to Vt. communities

Part of Vermont’s charm lies in a simple image of its landscape: quaint New England villages nestled in rolling hills dotted with red barns and cows. While this scene may dominate postcards, there is more behind these picturesque illustrations. Real rural communities in Vermont have been falling behind the technological trends. E-Vermont, a community broadband project run by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, provides rural towns with technological resources to take advantage of the digital age.

Fairfield brand? Town dreams "big"

FAIRFIELD: Community settles on three priorities — Development of a farmer’s market, a buy-local program and ultimately a Fairfield brand were among the projects proposed when about 50 residents met Thursday night to help shape their town’s future. Among other priority projects were a school enhancement program, improved communications and coordination of community volunteers.


Commentary: Time to move Vermont forward

Sue Allen, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont (former)

My thoughts were on election issues as I grained the Scottish Highlands last Tuesday morning. I was reminded that Vermont farms, particularly small dairy operations, are struggling and need help from Montpelier and Washington. There was a time when Vermont boasted more than 11,000 dairy farms; today that number threatens to drop under 1,000.



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