Going from food scraps to more food: 														How Willow Tree Community Compost and Sunrise Farm partnered together to keep waste out of landfills
Apr16

Going from food scraps to more food: How Willow Tree Community Compost and Sunrise Farm partnered together to keep waste out of landfills

By ISAAC LORTON Enterprise Correspondent They’ve been sugaring this spring at Sunrise Farm in White River Junction. They have about 700 tapped trees. They are growing “onions and onion family stuff.” They have a heated greenhouse that is growing what will make you cry chopping in the summer, among other baby plants. With the warmer weather recently, they have been getting regrowth of winter greens that they are starting to harvest...

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Resale stores solidify their place: Three retailers reflect on how market for used items has grown
Apr16

Resale stores solidify their place: Three retailers reflect on how market for used items has grown

By ISAAC LORTON Enterprise Correspondent For Consign & Design in West Lebanon, Uplifting Thrifting in White River Junction, and Closet Treasures in Grantham, the stores are opportunities for items to have a new life and avoid landfills. During the stay-at-home orders at the beginning of the pandemic, many thrift store and consignment shop owners did not know when — or if — their businesses would reopen again. They worried that...

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Feed bags get second chance: Participants in The Family Place’s Farm to Bag program create items, grow workplace skills 
Apr16

Feed bags get second chance: Participants in The Family Place’s Farm to Bag program create items, grow workplace skills 

By ISAAC LORTON Enterprise Correspondent At the bottom of an empty polypropylene feed bag is potential. Probably not to be recycled because — up until recently — most recycling facilities have not accepted the plastic bags found throughout agrarian New England. The Farm to Bag initiative at The Family Place in Norwich takes donated feed bags and uses them as material to make tote bags, yoga mat carriers and even umbrellas, said Julia...

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Exit Interview: Vassie Sinopoulos, of Woven Treasures from Vermont, discusses using recycled materials in her art
Apr16

Exit Interview: Vassie Sinopoulos, of Woven Treasures from Vermont, discusses using recycled materials in her art

By ISAAC LORTON Enterprise Correspondent What got you into weaving and using a loom? My husband’s family from Chicago, they had a couple that lived with them. They were Swedish and he was an architect and also a craftsperson — he worked with wood and metal — and his wife was a weaver and took care of the family. Her loom that her husband had built for her in the beginning of the 1900s, they wanted it to stay in the family but they...

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Ways to act: Upper Valley business owners make lasting commitment to racial, social justice
Oct15

Ways to act: Upper Valley business owners make lasting commitment to racial, social justice

Valley News Staff Writer After the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed in June by police in Minneapolis, Sarah Yetter and her co-owners of Abracadabra Coffee Co., wanted to find ways to promote racial justice. For a time, the company donated 15% of its online sales to nonprofits working for racial justice, but then a better and more durable avenue appeared in the form of a proposal by Jarvis Antonio Green, founder of JAG...

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At the Black New England Conference, honoring past trailblazers and calling for action
Oct15

At the Black New England Conference, honoring past trailblazers and calling for action

Granite State News Collaborative In 1964, former Vermont State Representative Kiah Morris’ grandfather was nearly beaten to death by Ku Klux Klan members who attacked the Mount Zion Methodist Church in Mississippi, where he then served as a deacon. It was shortly before the KKK burned the church to the ground. It was at a time when centers like the Mount Zion Methodist Church were becoming Freedom Schools, which would train a...

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David and Nicola Yoon launch YA imprint for people of color
Oct15

David and Nicola Yoon launch YA imprint for people of color

AP National Writer Best-selling authors David and Nicola Yoon are launching a Random House Children’s Books imprint for young adult romance novels by and about people of color. They are calling the imprint Joy Revolution and plan to release the first books in 2022.“I loved romantic comedies and romance novels when I was younger. Loved the meet-cutes, the breakups, the make-ups, and the final chase scene followed by the big speech...

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Exit Interview: David Phair, Owner and Manager of Hustle and Loyalty Records, centers local hip-hop in rural Vermont
Oct15

Exit Interview: David Phair, Owner and Manager of Hustle and Loyalty Records, centers local hip-hop in rural Vermont

When David Phair is not working at New England Precision, Inc. in Randolph, the Bethel entrepreneur has been establishing a quietly-thriving hip-hop scene in central Vermont with his company Hustle and Loyalty Records, which promotes hip-hop is peace — a means of expression and a tool for educating. After George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were killed by police officers, Hustle and Loyalty partnered with Babes Bar in Bethel to hold a...

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‘We need to do more’: Seven high-ranking Black women leave Wells Fargo
Oct15

‘We need to do more’: Seven high-ranking Black women leave Wells Fargo

The Charlotte Observer At least seven Black female senior executives have left Wells Fargo in the past 12 months, depleting the pipeline of women executives of color to the bank’s most senior positions. Two went to work at Citigroup, which just announced the first female CEO of a major U.S. bank. One went to work at American Express, reporting to one of the most senior Black men in finance. Another left for Equifax. Two people with...

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Spreading their wings: Babes Bar owners take concept of centering marginalized people beyond their business walls
Oct15

Spreading their wings: Babes Bar owners take concept of centering marginalized people beyond their business walls

When Owen Daniel-McCarter and Jesse Plotsky, owners of Babes Bar, arrived to Bethel from Chicago in 2018 to open the only stand-alone bar in town, they were met with one question more than any other, “Why the hell did you move to Bethel?” Aside from being closer to family — Plotsky’s brother and sister-in-law live in Bethel — the couple sought a change of pace from the Windy City. Neither had owned or run a bar before, but the one...

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