Chelsea Green Publishing

Chelsea Green Blog

Friends, Vermonters, lend animal husbanders your ears (and your opinions) Vermont Agency of Agriculture Premises Registration Rule Public Hearings Come Make YOUR Voice Heard – Comment on the Proposed Rule. VT Public Hearing Dates/ Times/ Towns/ Locations: July 25, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Island Pond Town Clerks Office July 25, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM NewportState Off. Bldg -100 Main, 3fl Rm 250 July 27, 2006 9:30-11:30 MorrisvilleFarmServ.Agency 109 Professional Dr July 27, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Lyndonville Police Station August 1, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Swanton Municipal Office August 1, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Grand Isle Grand Isle School August 8, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Rutland Rutland Library- Fox Room August 8, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Springfield Springfield-Howard Dean Ctr. August 10, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Arlington, E. Arl. Fire House, Old Mill Rd August 10, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Brattleboro VT Ag. Bus.Ed. Center August 15, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Middlebury American Legion Hall August 15, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Williston Williston Town Hall August 17, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Randolph VTC-Langevin Building Rm 103 August 17, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Montpelier Pavilion Auditorium From the Agency of Agriculture Web Site: The rule includes the following key provisions: 1. Biennial Registration Renewal Required 2. Those who keep “livestock” in this state will register their premises with VAAFM. For the purposes of this rule, “Livestock” includes cattle, sheep, goats, equine, deer, American bison, swine, poultry, pheasant, Chukar/partridge, Coturnix quail, camelids, and ratites. This term shall include cultured trout (6 VSA §1151) 3. Registration does not create any “ownership” rights that do not otherwise exist. It merely identifies a location in this state at which livestock are kept. The unique premises code remains with that location, even if the registrant changes (some exceptions apply). 4. Operators of livestock facilities currently licensed by VAAFM (dairy farms, cervid farms, animal markets, livestock dealer premises, livestock transporter premises, slaughter establishments, equine quarantine facilities, and rendering establishments) must register the facilities licensed to them and may not let others register those premises for them. Generally, license holders will be able to register as part of their license renewal. 5. The registration requirement under this rule will be implemented in a two-tiered process. Livestock operations that sell product to the public will need to register within 6 months. Those who keep livestock as a hobby or for personal use will need to register within one year. 6. There is no fee to register livestock premises. A person may register on-line or in writing on forms provided by VAAFM. Forms will be readily available from VAAFM and/or contract agent. VAAFM will send biennial renewal forms to registrants to make renewal as easy as possible. Renewals, like initial registrations, may be transacted on-line. 7. Each registrant must provide the following information: – Registrant’s legal name, trade names if any, mailing address, and phone number. – Primary premises location and up to 3 secondary locations included in the registered premises. – Name and phone number of a contact person with knowledge of livestock movements to and from all locations comprising the premises, if different from above. – Type(s) of livestock operation (e.g. Farm, Slaughterhouse, etc). – Type(s) of livestock kept. 8. The information is protected and confidential under 6 VSA §61. If you need a copy of this file, call Rural Vermont at 802-223-7222 and we will mail you a copy.

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

As Homesteading Month comes to a close, we take a look at what it means to live the homesteading life every day. Read through the question and answer below and be sure to check out any of the previous articles you might have missed:Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders Homesteading Q&A: Solutions […] Read More..

Go Lean: How To Eliminate Waste and Increase Efficiency on the Farm

Using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence may seem sacrilegious, but today’s young farmers like author Ben Hartman are discovering that the same sound business practices apply whether you produce cars or carrots.In his new book The Lean Farm, Hartman demonstrates how applying lean principles—originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry—to farming practices […] Read More..

Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders

More and more often, young people are turning away from cities and urban life in order to live off the land and even start farms of their own. But while many have the desire to grow food for themselves and/or others, acquiring land, and the financial burden that comes with it, presents a difficult challenge […] Read More..

How to Distinguish Permaculture from Natural Farming

Just what are the differences between permaculture and natural farming? How are they connected, and where do they diverge in philosophy and principle?Those questions are answered in the following excerpt that is adapted from the newly released One-Straw Revolutionary, a book that delves into the philosophy and work of Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka […] Read More..