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Local Livestock in Burlington, Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Burlington Vermont residents now have even more local food options. Burlington City Council passed two new livestock ordinances. The ordinances regulate the humane treatment and slaughter of chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep within the city limits.

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Celebrating the Opening of Boston Public Market
by Elena Mihaly

This first-of-its-kind, all locally sourced market was brought about with the help of CLF’s Legal Services Food Hub The grand opening of the Boston Public Market today included beautiful displays of plump summer fruits and glistening freshly caught seafood, but that’s not what caught my eye. My focus was drawn to the various stall arrangements for…

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Farmland vs. Asphalt
by Sandy Levine

Valuable farmland in Vermont is under siege. A proposal is on tap to build more than 1 million square feet of hotel, conference center, industry, shops and houses on very valuable farmland at a rural highway exit.

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Farmers and Lawyers: A Match Made in Maine
by Ben Tettlebaum

Noah Fralich moved back home to Maine with one ambition: to open a business on his family’s land in New Gloucester. His fledgling cidery business was just getting off the ground when he hit a snag – the name of his business was already trademarked by someone else. Now, in the midst of trying to grow…

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Environmental Groups, Citizens, Aim to Protect Productive Farmland, Stem sprawl at Randolph Interstate Exit

Environmental and preservation groups are working alongside local residents to stem a massive proposed development at the Randolph exit (Exit 4) off I-89. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) filed paperwork today seeking to participate in the Act 250 proceeding that will review the project. The Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV) is a key partner in this effort. The proposed development would destroy important farmland and fails to comply with the town and regional plans.