Sugaring Season

Sugaring Season

Above, Dana Bishop of Shelburne Farms explains how the evaporator works as sugaring begins. Every seven minutes a timer goes off, and more wood is fed into the evaporator to keep it hot enough. Left, Bishop pours syrup after it’s been processed in the evaporator to remove water. Now it’s ready to be filtered and… Read More »

Racial inclusion takes center stage at CVU

BY SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Inclusion, exclusion, and how to make every student feel safe and embraced by Champlain Valley Union Schools dominated the discussion at the school board meeting Tuesday night. Roughly 10 parents and students were on hand to share their concerns with the school board about racial inclusion. Black Lives Matter flag… Read More »

Home, home on the Grange: Candidates Night returns to venerable Charlotte Grange

Home, home on the Grange: Candidates Night returns to venerable Charlotte Grange

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter Politics return to the Charlotte Grange on Tuesday when the organization hosts Charlotte Candidates Night. The creation of the grange organization in America can be traced back to just after the Civil War. President Andrew Johnson sent Oliver Kelley, a clerk to the Federal Commissioner of Agriculture, to travel around… Read More »

Act 143 raises farming questions

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The Charlotte Selectboard spent the majority of its meeting Monday night listening to an Act 143 presentation and discussing some of the local issues related to the legislation. Act 143 is intended to promote the Vermont farm economy and to “increase the consistency across the State of municipal regulation and… Read More »

Charlotte berry farmers looking to sell

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The Charlotte Berry Farm is for sale. The 56-acre farm at 4702 Ethan Allen Highway is listed for $749,900. Although the property is listed commercial by real estate websites, it is under a conservation easement that would mean any commercial use would probably have to be agricultural, said Tyler Miller,… Read More »