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A Guide to Farming Friendly Solar

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Ecosystem Services, Grazing Management, Money Matters  /  Comments Off on A Guide to Farming Friendly Solar

As Vermont continues to seek to invest in sustainable energy, interest in on-farm solar generation has grown. (It’s probably no surprise that some of the attributes that make land good for farming also can make it desirable for solar arrays.)  For many communities, this has raised concerns about loss of valuable farm land and impacts […]

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Getting Paid for Stewardship – Water Quality Trading

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Ecosystem Services, Money Matters  /  Comments Off on Getting Paid for Stewardship – Water Quality Trading

You’re probably already reaping the benefits of conservation practices on your operation like better soil, cleaner water, and bigger profits.  But what if you could be paid by others for improving water quality?  It’s a new idea, but one that may provide options for you. Water quality trading is a market-based approach to improving water […]

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Putting Money Where the Birds Nest

By   /  April 30, 2013  /  Ecosystem Services, Money Matters  /  3 Comments

How important, how valuable, is living in a community that strikes a better balance with Nature? And are communities willing to pay for the services that producers provide to meet that balance?

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The Bluebird of Happiness: Grazing for Ecosystem Services

By   /  April 23, 2013  /  Ecosystem Services, Money Matters  /  1 Comment

Troy Bishopp’s April 23 article “Habitat for Flying Humanity” got me to thinking about the kinds of services graziers provide their community on a daily basis. These “Ecosystem Services” benefit communities in the form of watershed and habitat protection. Let’s take a closer look at how, as graziers, we can work with scientists and communities in ways that are sustainable and profitable for everyone.

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Habitat for Flying Humanity

By   /  April 22, 2013  /  Consider This, Ecosystem Services  /  3 Comments

Preparing for this year’s bluebirds, Troy shares how birds benefit him, and the diversity of his farm benefits those that, through loss of habitat, are in danger of becoming homeless.

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