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2017's Vermont Regenerative Soils Program

I'm excited to tell you that, earlier this month, Senator Campion introduced a revised and updated version of our regenerative soils bill to the Vermont legislature. The bill is S.43: An act relating to establishing a regenerative soils program. (Full text here.) It is currently with the Senate Commitee on Natural Resources and Energy, and is co-sponsored by Senators Sears, Bray, Clarkson, Pearson, and Pollina. Healthy Land, Healthy Profits I don't play politics. If I had my way, most days I'd never leave the farm. The reason I've written and proposed this legislation—with the help of many people smarter than I am—is simple: I believe it is in the interest of all Vermonters to rebuild an agricultural economy that uses...

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Personal Thoughts on the Upcoming Vermont Regenerative Soils Program Legislation

Today, Senator Brian Campion will introduce to the Vermont Legislature our second attempt at a bill that, if passed, would incentive the responsible stewardship of our state's ecosystems through the regeneration of our state's soils. I'm immensely proud of this bill and will publish a post tomorrow with the nitty-gritty details and text. For now, though, I offer only a few of my thoughts on why this bill is incredibly important for Vermont, for Vermont farmers, and for Vermont's future generations. On Vermont Farm Economies Vermont farmers are the heroes of this state. They've been able—under decades of incredible economic and regulatory pressures—to keep Vermont farmland working and open to the benefit of all Vermonters. Unfortunately, Vermont farmers and farmers...

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The Regeneration at Studio Hill: A Slideshow

I had the pleasure of presenting the story of our farm—from it's roots as a dairy in the '30s right up to it's current iteration as a regenerative farm—at this year's Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN) Conference at the beautiful Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. I was joined in our workshop by Didi Pershouse of the Soil Carbon Coalition and Andrea Colnes of the Energy Action Network. Our session was put together by Paul Cameron. Our workshop presented the side of climate change that you don't often here in today's discussions: hope and practical action. Didi did a wonderful job explaining and demonstrating why it is vital for us to include soil as an ally in our fight against climate...

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Jesse Discusses Regenerative Agriculture in this Upstream Podcast

This spring, Mark Phillips, on a tour of regenerative projects in the northeast, was kind enough to stay in our area for a night and spend the day walking around our farm. In the afternoon after our tour, I had the honor of sitting down with Mark in the studio on top of Studio Hill and talking about our farm, regenerative agriculture, regenerative economics, Studio Hill's goals for the future—but most importantly, how a shift to generational thinking leads to better stewardship of the planet. Mark recorded our conversation and the good folks at the Upstream Podcast (iTunes | SoundCloud) polished it into this interview. My heartfelt thanks goes out to Mark and to Upstream for their hard work on behalf of the planet. Keep up...

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Jesse Discusses Regenerative Agriculture in this Upstream Podcast

This spring, Mark Phillips, on a tour of regenerative projects in the northeast, was kind enough to stay in our area for a night and spend the day walking around our farm. In the afternoon after our tour, I had the honor of sitting down with Mark in the studio on top of Studio Hill and talking about our farm, regenerative agriculture, regenerative economics, Studio Hill's goals for the future—but most importantly, how a shift to generational thinking leads to better stewardship of the planet. Mark recorded our conversation and the good folks at the Upstream Podcast (iTunes | SoundCloud) polished it into this interview. My heartfelt thanks goes out to Mark and to Upstream for their hard work on behalf of the planet. Keep up...

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