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 […]
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 […]
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?
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.