Posted on February 20, 2017
VSJF Receives VLITE Funding for New Climate Economy Initiative - to establish a Climate Economy Business Network and Business Accelerator program.
Posted on November 02, 2016
Christine McGowan named director of Forest Products Value Chain Investment Program at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Posted on August 18, 2016
Economic development, environmental sustainability, and renewable energy professionals appointed to Board of Directors at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Community scale biodigester demonstrates renewable energy, waste reduction, and nutrient management in Vermont
Posted on July 08, 2016
Anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College can be replicated by colleges and municipalities nationwide to keep excess nutrients out of watersheds and food residuals out of landfills while generating renewable electricity
Posted on May 11, 2016
Core Northeast Kingdom food business and hard cider producer, Eden Specialty Ciders, plans to increase profitability with financing package to grow operations and hire new staff
New Resource for Farmers: A Legal and Regulatory Overview of On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont
Posted on February 26, 2016
Vermont Law School research commissioned by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will help reach biodiesel goals of Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan
Posted on January 22, 2016
2015 Farm to Plate Annual Report reviews progress and challenges facing Vermont’s food system from economic, social and environmental perspectives
Posted on December 29, 2015
Andrea Cohen named to VSJF Board of Directors; Janice St. Onge named to Clean Energy Development Fund Board
Posted on November 19, 2015
Northern Reliability and Pulmac Systems International join Flex Fund’s socially responsible investment portfolio to generate economic growth in Vermont renewable energy and natural resource efficiency sectors
Soil regeneration and clean water touted as foundation for healthy food at annual Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering
Posted on November 06, 2015
Farm to Plate Network concludes fourth year of work implementing Vermont’s food system plan by exploring connections between the health of soil and water to the long term productivity and sustainability of local food production
Posted on October 16, 2015
VSJF executive director recognized for creative, entrepreneurial, community leadership
Posted on September 16, 2015
Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, recognized in September for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural economy depends. She receives the award at the 2015 VNRC annual meeting.
Posted on December 30, 2014
Makers, Hackers, Farmers, Foodies & Techies invited to explore economic and innovation opportunities in Vermont’s farm and food sector at Generator’s January Social Hour
New job numbers, economic growth, and food justice conversations are focus at Vermont’s Farm to Plate Annual Gathering
Posted on October 31, 2014
Farm to Plate Network shares results and explores key issues facing Vermont’s food system in statewide work implementing Vermont’s ten year plan to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters
Posted on October 07, 2014
U.S. Treasury awards $600,000 to fully capitalize the Flexible Capital Fund to make more royalty financing investments available for growing Vermont agriculture, forestry and clean technology companies
Posted on September 17, 2014
Green Mountain Power, UVM Extension and the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative collaborate on farm energy project
Posted on August 26, 2014
Slow Money founder, Woody Tasch, to speak at Slow Money Vermont launch event to connect entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers and share vision for 21st Century Main Street investing to support a viable and sustainable agricultural economy in Vermont and the region
Posted on July 16, 2014
Patricia Moulton, Cairn Cross and Nick Richardson are new to Board; William Murray re-appointed by Governor Shumlin; David Marvin completes 6 years of service
Vermont Bioenergy Initiative releases report on grass heating energy potential in Vermont and the Northeast
Posted on May 08, 2014
Grass biomass could make a sizeable contribution to Vermont’s heating needs over time, and could be part of the renewable energy mix required to meet the state’s goal to meet 90% of Vermont’s energy needs through renewable energy and increased efficiency by 2050
Posted on April 24, 2014
The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative offers local perspective in response to recent ethanol news and shares new statewide bioenergy website resource
Posted on February 12, 2014
Vermont’s socially responsible investment fund helps Randolph, VT furniture company grow business, add jobs, and strengthen commitment to Vermont’s working landscape
Posted on January 15, 2014
2013 Farm to Plate Annual Report releases food and farm economy growth numbers that, in 2013, surpass the predictions made for 2020
Posted on January 02, 2014
Beer and Hops Chapter is also re-published on Vermont's food systems planning website: The VT Food Atlas
Posted on November 14, 2013
A $250,000 socially responsible investment will help The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company expand from residential to industrial location with royalty financing by the Flexible Capital Fund to increase manufacturing jobs and support Vermont’s working landscape supply chain
Posted on November 05, 2013
Charlotte and Middlebury residents named to the statewide non-profit legislatively tasked with accelerating Vermont’s green economy; South Hero resident named board chair
Posted on August 14, 2013
The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative draws the connection between diversified agriculture and renewable energy production in the form of biofuels
Posted on August 07, 2013
Vermont Farm Viability Program and Vermont Agriculture Development Program partner to serve forestry sector businesses
Posted on June 03, 2013
There’s an exciting new tool for exploring Vermont’s food system – the Vermont Food System Atlas! The Food Atlas is the digital platform for advancing the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, a ten-year plan assembled by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to strengthen Vermont’s food system.
Posted on April 05, 2013
The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund L3C (The Flex Fund) announces specialty food producers, Liz Lovely, Inc., as the fifth investment in an expanding, mission based royalty financing portfolio committed to growing Vermont food system, forest product, and renewable energy companies by providing “equity-like” loans that are repaid through revenue sharing.
Posted on March 19, 2013
Nine new videos created by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund document the people, feedstocks, and fuels of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative. These videos draw the connection between diversified agriculture, sustainable systems and renewable energy production. Check out these awesome clips today!
Posted on January 22, 2013
More than one hundred food system educators, state officials, students, and business people met on Tuesday, January 15, to discuss how to better prepare students for careers in Vermont's expanding food system economy.
Posted on December 17, 2012
On a rainy Saturday in December, a small crowd gathered in Roger Rainville’s dairy barn-turned-energy lab. They were dairy farmers, organic growers, and landowners, but this year, this group of ten growers also tried their hand at making their own biodiesel fuel.
Posted on November 16, 2012
The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund is pleased to announce our most recent investment in Farmers to You LLC (FTY). FTY is a web-based direct marketer and distributor of Vermont-produced craft and artisanal food, distributing food from over 30 Vermont farmers to more than 375 Boston area families with weekly deliveries arranged through the FTY website. The Flex Fund’s investment will be used to support FTY's expansion and relocation to a new, larger hub facility, the purchase of additional equipment, addition of key staff, and the streamlining of their website and ordering system.
Posted on October 23, 2012
From the expansion of Black River Produce to include a 50,000 square foot meat processing facility and the 19 value-added food producers crafting away at the Mad River Food Hub, to Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s “Lunchbox” mobile farmers’ market and the emergence of several large in-state milk processors, Vermonters are working to “save the world in our own little way” says Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. These were just some of the developments that flew fast and furious at the Annual Farm to Plate Network Gathering on October 9th and 10th, 2012 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT.
Posted on October 19, 2012
With the support of a Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund grant from the US Dept of Energy and the Office of Senator Patrick Leahy, Bourne's Energy of Morrisville has recently completed the build-out of an injection blending operation for biodiesel. At this state-of-the-art facility the company is now supplying B5, B10, B20 and B99.9 blends of its heating and transportation fuels.
Posted on October 12, 2012
Highfields has launched a kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund a Compost Heat Recovery Research System. This exciting project will develop new technology to yield a second value from the composting process -– renewable energy in the form of recovered heat. Your support will be an investment in renewable energy innovation that farmers in our communities can utilize. This is technology and innovation by the people and for the people. Read more and back this important project!
Posted on July 26, 2012
Land for Good has 4 new publications: Two full-service guides and two shorter pamphlets target private, municipal and institutional landowners. They focus on helping "non-farming" owners and managers of agricultural properties bring their land into productive agricultural uses.
Posted on May 03, 2012
The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund (the “Flex Fund”) is pleased to announce our most recent investment in Aegis Wind LLC, a community scale wind integrator based in Waitsfield, Vermont. Aegis designs, installs, and services small scale wind turbine systems throughout the northeast.