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Nordic Farm continues agri-lution under famous red roof

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 2:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As one of the most iconic barns and farms along the Route 7 corridor, Charlotte’s Nordic Farm is set to realize the future of Vermont agriculture as a multifaceted working landscape. While the dairy industry continues to undergo consolidation, Nordic Farm is focusing on finding new ways for sustainable agriculture to continue on its lands — proven to be vital for both local communities and the natural environment. This project, led by the founder of Gardener's Supply and the Intervale Center Will Raap, will become the largest regenerative agricultural ‘carbon negative farm’ and business development center for grains, botanicals, local food, and agritourism in Vermont.

Gypsy moths are making a comeback in Vermont

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 2:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Many Vermonters around the state are encountering gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar dispar) caterpillars causing defoliation of their trees. This invasive insect arrived in the United States over 100 years ago and has been expanding its range ever since. Gypsy moth can be a significant defoliator (leaf eater) of trees and shrubs, and although they prefer oak trees, high populations will cause them to eat many types of leaves, including maple and pine. Gypsy moth caterpillars can create a nuisance for homeowners, from the sights of caterpillars climbing the sides of residences and falling excrement to the sounds of chewing on leaves.

VCF offers $447,500 in COVID-19 Response Fund grants for youth and adult summer activities

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 1:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Foundation has announced $447,500 in grants from its VT COVID-19 Response Fund to support activities and events that re-engage Vermonters, particularly youth, in community events during summer 2021. Since it was created in March 2020 to support a coordinated response to the pandemic, the VT COVID-19 Response Fund has distributed more than $9 million in grants to over 800 organizations, beginning with basic needs and adapting to ensure nonprofit partners have the resources they need to meet the challenges at hand, particularly when federal aid is not yet available.

Racial equity in the food system studied

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 1:17pm -- tim

Vermont Farm to Plate The Vermont Food System Plan Issue Brief on Racial Equity in the Food System dives into the current state of racial inequity in the food system, and offers pathways towards an equitable one. While food and agriculture can be a source of justice and equity for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, the Vermont food system is built on hundreds of years of marginalization and inequity. As a result, BIPOC communities experience entrenched and varied challenges throughout the food system.

Rankings released as 50 businesses named Best Places to Work in Vermont 2021

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce revealed the rankings of the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2021, at a live/virtual ceremony Thursday. The Number One company in each category is: Small (15-99 employees) – ASIC North; Medium (100-249 employees) – OnLogic; Large (250+ employees) - Edward Jones.

Learn about cyanobacteria blooms at public meeting June 17

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A hot start to June has many people heading for their favorite waterbody to cool off. Prepare to enjoy a safe summer of swimming, fishing, and boating on your favorite lake or pond. Join the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the Vermont Department of Health, and Lake Champlain Committee on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 pm for a free public meeting on cyanobacteria. The virtual event is free and open to the public.

National Life Group Foundation awards $500,000 to Let’s Grow Kids

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The National Life Group Foundation announced a $500,000 grant, the largest single award in its history, to Let’s Grow Kids to advance the campaign for high-quality, affordable child care for all Vermont families who need it by 2025. The grant is intended both to boost Vermont families’ ability to find the best possible care for their children and to make the state even more competitive for businesses large and small.

Leahy praises funding for domestic semiconductor production

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) is hailing Senate passage Tuesday night of a bipartisan bill to fund the CHIPS Act, passed as part of last summer’s annual defense policy bill, and to authorize a wide-range of federal investments in research and development in order to make the United States more competitive in the global economy of the 21st Century.

RRPC to assist state in Wildcat Road wetland restoration

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 6:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) is pleased to announce the final design of the Wildcat Road Wetland Restoration Feasibility Study in Chittenden. RRPC worked with the Town of Chittenden, Green Mountain National Forest and Enman Kesselring Consulting Engineers of Rutland on the design. The goal of the project was to assess how road relocation or repair may reduce nutrient and sediment loading to East Creek, restore the wetland and increase floodplain access to East Creek.

Ali Dieng: Young Vermonters and New Americans must feel welcome and valued

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 5:12am -- tim

by Ali Dieng In the State of Vermont, a large proportion of the local New American population is made up of individuals who were resettled to the state with refugee status. Refugee resettlement in Chittenden County began in the early 1980s and it is now the most ethnically diverse county in the state. Despite these significant, ongoing demographic changes, opportunities for civic engagement remain vastly inaccessible for New Americans in the area.

iSun set to join Russell Microcap Index after successful deSPAC

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 3:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc (Nasdaq: ISUN), a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50-years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services based in Burlington, announced today that iSun is set to join the Russell Microcap® Index at the conclusion of the 2021 Russell indexes annual reconstitution, effective after the US market opens on June 28, according to a preliminary list of additions posted June 4.

Hunger Free Vermont urges governor to not lift State of Emergency

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hunger Free Vermont and 130 other Vermont businesses and organizations are urging Governor Phil Scott to NOT lift the State Emergency Order. Loss of funds tied to the declaration of emergency that are helping households afford basic needs in this unprecedented time would be detrimental to Vermont's economy and health.