Vt. gives $220K in first working lands grantsLISA RATHKE
THE Associated Press | May 03,2013Provided photo
From left, Lucy Leriche, deputy secretary of Commerce and Community Development;Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation;Arthur Krueger; Gov. Peter Shumlin; Patricia Norton; and Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, pose for a photo.MONTPELIER — After a sip of her grandmother’s switchel — a concoction of apple cider vinegar, water and maple syrup — Susan Alexander vowed she’d bottle it someday.
Twenty-seven years later, her Vermont Switchel Company will soon have the equipment she needs to efficiently bottle the “crisp, clean flavor with a long, smooth finish.”
Alexander’s company was one of 20 new or growing businesses to receive grants in the first round of the state’s working land grants program — a total of nearly $220,000 — on Thursday. The Legislature appropriated $1 million for the program to support the state’s agricultural, food and forestry businesses.
Announced at the Statehouse, the grants ranged from $3,000 to $15,000, which Alexander received.
Other projects receiving funding included structural improvements to a mushroom farm in Middlebury, the purchase of a kiln for a sawmill in Danville, construction of a poultry processing facility in Richmond, installation of a thermostatically controlled water flow system for a trout and strawberry aquaponic production in Bristol, and a goat-slaughter facility for new Americans in Colchester.
In Rutland County, Patricia Norton and Arthur Krueger of the Krueger-Norton Sugarhouse of Shrewsbury received $9,900 to convert the sugarbush to use a high vacuum gravity tubing system.
“The innovation that we’re bringing to both our farmers and our forest products is an example of how to do food and forests right and how to ensure that Vermont’s best agricultural days are ahead of us, not behind us,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin.
The enterprise investment area of the fund received 191 applications for a total of $2.1 million in requests. A board will make decisions about the two other investment areas — grants for service providers and capital and infrastructure funds — during its May 21 meeting, officials said.
Alexander said her $15,000 grant will help tremendously.
“I’ll be able to improve my bottling efficiency, and nine months into it now I have 30 stores carrying Switchel in the northwestern corner of the state,” she said. “There are people clamoring for it around the state. I haven’t been able to fill those orders because of the slow production. And there’s a keen, keen interest from out of state as well for products made in Vermont.”MORE IN Local & StateBRANDON — Last year, Brandon was the last town in the state to pass its municipal budget,... Full StoryRutland Town voters approved a $700,000 highway garage and other measures to spend a recently... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1843, British Naval officer GEORGE LORD PAULET obtains provisional cession of Hawaiian Islands; 1866, miners claim Calaveras skull found found in goldmine is remains of 5 million-year-old Pliocene man.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown