The Role of Soil: Carbon Sink, Water Sponge

The Role of Soil: Carbon Sink, Water Sponge

We may see the soil under our feet as simply dirt, with all the associated folk expressions – common as dirt, say. But farmers and scientists alike have long known that a healthy soil system is not just the key to our agricultural cycles; soil is one of the major building blocks of farm viability, floodwater management, carbon sequestration, ecosystem productivity, and a clean atmosphere.

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Farmland Access and Affordability

The Vermont Food Funders Network is a learning network of funders who provide grants and loans to strengthen the Vermont food system. The Vermont Food Funders Network focused its April, 2016 meeting on farmland access and affordability. Many of Vermont’s older farmers are retiring, and new farmers are running enterprises which require different land configurations. But, even if appropriate land is available, can a farmer afford to lease or own it?

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Embracing the Complexities of the Food System

My undergraduate experience was, for the most part, predictably conventional. In four years of college, I, like so many, learned a lot about myself, made a few bad decisions, experienced the woeful pangs of unrequited love, and had sobering revelations about the world’s injustices and the naïveté to think I could singlehandedly sow the seeds of change.

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Net Metering is an Important Ingredient for Vermont's Clean Energy Future

Two years ago, Vermont set an ambitious goal: By 2050, 90% of the state’s energy will come from renewable sources such as solar, hydro, and wind. At present, renewables comprise just 11% of the state’s energy portfolio, which means a lot will have to change in the next 37 years – how we travel, power our buildings, and heat/cool our homes, for example – if we expect to realize this clean energy future.

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