The Business of Agriculture: Farm-to-School Programs Sow the Next Generation of Local Agriculture Supporters
Oct30

The Business of Agriculture: Farm-to-School Programs Sow the Next Generation of Local Agriculture Supporters

“Farm to school” practitioners connect students to farms through curricula, field trips, gardening, farmer correspondence, Vermont and New Hampshire Harvest of the Month, Agriculture in the Classroom, oral history, and myriad other projects. These educational initiatives leverage local landscapes and businesses as a teaching resource, whether it be for math, nutrition, writing skills, botany or job training. The aim is for students to...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Silly Cow’s Cocoa Is Hot
Oct30

Made in the Upper Valley: Silly Cow’s Cocoa Is Hot

At the Wells River headquarters of Silly Cow Farms, the Vermont hot chocolate company that has become a nationally recognized brand, Christmas started way back in June. That’s when production kicked into high gear and the company began filling cocoa orders for the holiday season. The holiday rush will be followed by the winter rush, and there won’t be a lull in production until March. There are no Christmas carols playing in the...

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Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience
Oct30

Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience

Growing up in rural Florence, Vt., Caitlin Christiana couldn’t wait to get out and see the world. In 2001, she moved to Utica, N.Y., as a sculpture major at Pratt Institute, where she became interested in jewelry making. After two years, she transferred to the Brooklyn campus, but the city offered more excitement than she bargained for. “I was robbed at gunpoint on my third day, which was very traumatizing,” said Christiana, executive...

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From the Editor: Details Matter

A couple of years ago, while my mom was battling the cancer that would soon kill her, she spent some time in a treatment facility near her rehabilitation center. The staff there was efficient and friendly and the nurses and technicians showed real concern for my mom’s comfort, bringing her blankets and ginger ale and, most important, a positive demeanor. But there was a problem: Every time one of the doors in this small facility...

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People in Business: October 2017
Sep25

People in Business: October 2017

Dean Cashman, of Lebanon, vice president and regional relationship manager and commercial lender at Lake Sunapee Bank, has completed a two-year course of study at the New England School for Financial Studies at the Center for Executive Education at Babson College. The program focuses on finance and leadership topics, strategic decision-making, portfolio administration, economic analysis, operational planning and real-life skills...

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Is the Construction Industry Leaving LEED?

Like many environmental initiatives, going “green” in the construction industry has been full of starts and stops. Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. is certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, or LEED, a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. However, Ronald Bauer, executive vice president of Trumbull-Nelson,...

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Working With Narcan on the Job

The opioid epidemic has shaken the country over the past five years, and New Hampshire and Vermont have been among the states affected most deeply. Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. Executive Vice President Ronald Bauer said the company hasn’t seen a big impact from the epidemic. Nevertheless, in 2016, after Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center reached out to the company, Trumbull-Nelson began stocking Narcan on its job sites and...

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Chamber Profiles: Hanover Improvement Society Works to Make People’s Day
Sep25

Chamber Profiles: Hanover Improvement Society Works to Make People’s Day

When Jeff Graham graduated from Hanover High School in 1977 and left for college at the University of Maine, he never dreamed he’d return to his hometown to live. As the end of college approached, Graham and his girlfriend, Pamela (who is now his wife), were eyeing Portland, Maine, and Burlington as sites for their future home. But life has a way of disrupting the best-laid plans. “My dad got sick my senior year in college so I came...

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Beyond the Farm: Supporting Vermont’s Food System Involves a Lot More Than Agriculture
Sep25

Beyond the Farm: Supporting Vermont’s Food System Involves a Lot More Than Agriculture

When most people hear about Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network, they assume that it is focused on supporting farms and restaurants. However, Sarah Danly, who was named network manager of Farm to Plate food system plan in April, wants people to know that the network is much larger. “It goes way beyond that,” she said. “The Farm to Plate Network is looking at the food system comprehensively.” Danly, who lives in Royalton, is a 2015...

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The Exit Interview: Jamie Hess
Sep25

The Exit Interview: Jamie Hess

When Jamie Hess was growing up on Cape Cod, he didn’t think much about energy consumption until he heard a speech by Jimmy Carter in 1977 and a lightbulb (probably incandescent) went off and he made major changes in his energy life. An Upper Valley resident since 1988, Hess, 63, worked in the software industry before launching the ski and skate shop Nordic Skater in Norwich, which he sold in May. He spoke with Enterprise about...

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