Business of Agriculture: Farms offer lease on (animal) life for show time
Oct10

Business of Agriculture: Farms offer lease on (animal) life for show time

It may not seem like much of a real business deal but closer study reveals an investment proposition. Orford’s Tullando Farm, a 500-cow dairy that employs robots for milking, this summer leased prize heifer calves to a dozen 4-H Club youngsters from the vicinity to care for and then show at agricultural fairs. There’s not much of a direct economic payback to Tullando Farm, as no money is exchanged and the payment is in the work the...

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The Exit Interview: Dr. Daniel Kelly, SAVES founder and owner of Stonecliff Animal Clinic
Oct10

The Exit Interview: Dr. Daniel Kelly, SAVES founder and owner of Stonecliff Animal Clinic

Jeremy Perkins means business. Tough, professional and downright imposing in his bullet proof vest, the senior officer in charge of Lebanon’s K-9 unit doesn’t mince words when he describes the dangers dogs face searching for drugs and evidence or deterring violence. “It’s about training, loyalty, courage, and the relationship between dog and officer,” he said. But ask him about Max, the Belgian Malinois who died two years ago after a...

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Beast friends furever: Americans spend billions on pampering their pets
Oct10

Beast friends furever: Americans spend billions on pampering their pets

Heidi Miller would do anything for her dogs.   “I can comfortably say our four dogs are our kids, and we would drain our savings to take care of them if we had to,” said Miller, who doesn’t have any human children. She isn’t alone in her enthusiasm for her pets. At her business, Woof While You Walk, which Miller runs out of her Windsor home, Upper Valley residents pay $25 a day for doggie daycare and $40 for overnight boarding with a...

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Cottage Industry: 3 Biddy’s Pet Treats committed to making delicious, healthy food
Oct10

Cottage Industry: 3 Biddy’s Pet Treats committed to making delicious, healthy food

When Suzanne Bohman, of Warner, N.H., began working from home in 2008 she knew she needed a creative outlet. She enjoyed her job in the financial services industry, but she realized that she was becoming isolated working alone behind a screen all day. “I wasn’t getting out of the house, socializing, driving. It was getting unhealthy,” Bohman said. Her only companions most days besides her husband, Sean Bohman, were her three dogs:...

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Score Stories: Country Kids Clothing bucks ‘retail apocalypse’ theory
Jul19

Score Stories: Country Kids Clothing bucks ‘retail apocalypse’ theory

While some of the country’s most prominent retailers are closing their doors due to the rise of e-commerce, Liz Joyce, owner of Country Kids Clothing, a boutique in the Power House Mall in West Lebanon, is bucking that trend. Since opening her brick-and-mortar location in July 2012, she’s turned a profit all seven years, and she’s only getting started. “People have called it ‘the retail apocalypse’ and the consumer shift to online has...

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The Exit Interview: Samantha Stanford, Owner and Founder of Dirty Dog Mobile Grooming
Jul19

The Exit Interview: Samantha Stanford, Owner and Founder of Dirty Dog Mobile Grooming

Americans spent $6.6 billion on pet boarding and grooming services in 2017, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, and the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in pet grooming will grow by 11 percent through at least 2023. Add to that a 2018 American Veterinary Medical Association report that shows almost 30 percent of Vermont and 24 percent of New Hampshire households own at least one dog, and...

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The food truck industry is growing in Vt. and N.H. and shows no signs of slowing down
Jul19

The food truck industry is growing in Vt. and N.H. and shows no signs of slowing down

On a humid June night, hundreds of people waited in Lebanon’s Colburn Park to sample fares from 13 food trucks. While the patrons stood in line, generators buzzed and chefs pivoted through the hot interiors of the trucks, filling orders for everything from lobster rolls to fried cauliflower to Thai food. “It seems very popular,” said Meagan Henry, an administrative assistant with the city’s Recreation and Parks Department and...

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Business of Agriculture: Outsourcing keeps farms running efficiently
Jul19

Business of Agriculture: Outsourcing keeps farms running efficiently

Time was when Upper Valley farmers had to be able to handle just about every task related to their operation themselves — from repairing equipment to trimming animals’ hooves to fetching inputs like grain and bedding. But today it’s a different story as services and supplies come to the farm on wheels and outsourcing of more and more traditional farm tasks becomes the rule. It’s not always cheaper in the short run, but calling on...

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Business of Agriculture: On the farm, the end of life is commonplace and easy
Apr19

Business of Agriculture: On the farm, the end of life is commonplace and easy

I had a volunteer on the farm once who had trouble thinning carrots. She couldn’t bear to see the little baby thinnings shriveling in the sun as we moved down the rows. She shoved a bunch into her pockets with the idea of replanting them when she got home. I don’t know how that worked out. She never came back.   Hers was an unusual case, though I think she had a fundamental insight into farming that is easy to miss: Death is...

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