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Digging Deeper: VCLF borrower Black Dirt Farm reconsiders farming from the ground up

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 8:15am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine “We need to understand that it’s a closed loop system,” Tom says emphatically. “It’s a system we need to be self-replenishing, that manages a sustainable flow of carbon through a healthy ecosystem,” he explains. It’s how he’s organized his own regenerative operations in the Northeast Kingdom.
Born and raised in the urban environs of Brooklyn, New York, Tom nevertheless developed a taste for farming early on. “I worked on my uncle’s wheat farm in Kansas when I was fourteen. He supplied wheat to King Arthur Flour,” Tom recalls. He’s worked for (VCLF borrower!) Vermont Compost Company, and served as Executive Director of the Highlands Center for Composting. He’s testified before the Vermont State Legislature on soil health, and agriculture and the economy, and helped draft Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law banning food scraps from landfills.

Covid-19 vaccination clinics this week

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 5:42pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced a series of vaccination clinics that will be open across Vermont this week for anyone age 12 or older. 

Visit to make an appointment.  You can also call 855-722-7878. Vaccine shots are also available at certain pharmacies and health care providers. All Vermonters are encouraged to get fully vaccinated.

Vermont DOC renews out-of-state housing contract

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 4:40pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is renewing its contract with CoreCivic for one year, the final extension allowed under the original contract signed in 2018.

Vermont DOC currently houses 145 incarcerated individuals at CoreCivic’s Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility (TCCF) in Tutwiler, Miss. At its peak in August 2019, the Vermont population totaled 281 incarcerated individuals at TCCF. That number has steadily declined as more individuals returned to Vermont facilities, and out-of-state transports ceased during the pandemic.

VSP: Suspicious fire in Putney

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 3:29pm -- katie

On October 2, 2021, at approximately 1721 hours, the Putney Fire Department received a report of a structure fire at an abandoned property located at 19 Shag Bark Hill, Putney, VT.  The Putney Fire Department responded to the scene and found a residential trailer and adjacent vehicle, fully involved with fire.  Fire suppression efforts were conducted but the building and vehicle were destroyed by the fire. 

The trailer and vehicle were unoccupied and there were no injuries reported.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets honors Vermont's state animal, the Morgan horse

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 3:24pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Recently, hundreds of equestrian lovers, historians and many others gathered at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge to celebrate the centennial of “Figure,” a statue of the Morgan horse. Vermonter Justin Morgan, who owned Figure in the late 1700s, created the Morgan breed with Figure as its foundational sire. The life-size bronze statue of “Figure” stood tall on his 100th birthday, almost as if he were playing to the crowd.

AG Donovan co-leads bipartisan coalition in supporting hearings on social media use by kids

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 1:27pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General T.J. Donovan is co-leading a bipartisan coalition of 52 attorneys general expressing strong support for the hearings being conducted by the U.S. Senate Committee addressing protection and safety of kids and teens using social media. 

Attorneys general, who have been monitoring with concern the impacts of social media on youth, cite recent research from Facebook’s own internal studies showing that social media is inflicting harm. According to these internal studies, this harm comes in the form of increased mental distress, bullying, suicide, and other self-harm on a significant number of kids.

South Royalton man sentenced to 19 months imprisonment for firearms offense

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 1:23pm -- katie
Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on October 4, 2021, Jeremy Digby, 41, of South Royalton was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss to 19 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release, which will follow the term of imprisonment. Digby also agreed to forfeit the firearms recovered from his residence. Digby had previously pled guilty to being a user in possession of firearms, which carried a maximum sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment.

UVM, UMaine, VTC win $4 Million NSF grant to create next gen sensor networks for infrastructure monitoring

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 1:16pm -- katie
Vermont Business Magazine As the U.S. Congress deliberates over legislation that would massively upgrade the country’s aging infrastructure, researchers at the University of Vermont, the University of Maine and Vermont Technical College have received a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test new technologies that could make monitoring the safety and performance of infrastructure less expensive, more accurate and more widespread, resulting in more dependable, durable structures in the future.   
The project also addresses human infrastructure, as the national legislation proposes to do, through engaging a group of faculty, graduate students and undergraduates at the three schools to create a trained workforce that could design and manufacture the new technologies the research project will develop and make use of.  K-12 students will also participate. 

SBA updates and EIDL webinar

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 11:29am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free webinar at 11:30 a.m. Today, Oct. 5, about changes made to the Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Topics include the increase from $500,000 to $2 million, deferred payments, expansion of eligible use of funds and more.

Updates made to the COVID 19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Sept. 8 increased the potential loan amount for new applicants and existing COVID 19 EIDL borrowers and made modifications that make it an even more attractive option to provide much needed relief to small businesses during these continuing stressful times.  

Gifford gifted CuddleCot through Scarlet’s Mission

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 11:22am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Katie Irwin and Jim McGonigal don’t want any parent to go through what they did more than six years ago. Their daughter Scarlet Suzy McGonigal was stillborn and the Woodbridge, CT couple didn’t have the proper amount of time to spend with her and process their grief.

Following that experience, Katie and Jim created Scarlet’s Mission, donating CuddleCots to various hospitals, including Gifford Medical Center.

Howard Center raises awareness of mental health this October

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 4:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center will be connecting to the global world mental health movement and hosting its second annual community-wide recognition and celebration of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) with events throughout the month of October. This year WMHD is on October 10 and is an opportunity for community education and engagement to reduce stigma and raise awareness about topics related to mental health.