Listening to Irma, Reflecting on Irene

Listening to Irma, Reflecting on Irene

Yesterday, driving home from Massachusetts, I listened to two hours of radio reports tracking the destructive path of Hurricane Irma from the Florida Keys up the state’s west coast. I remembered the many lives upended six years ago in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene, and I reflected on the many lessons Vermonters have learned about the relationship between development and waterways since Irene.

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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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