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Veggie Farm Shareholders

first_img“The buyers’ club is made up of about 30 people from around the area who want fresh,high-quality, organic produce,” Putnam said. The original cash outlay is also an obstacle for some potential customers. CSAs usually charge$500 to $1,000 for memberships. On a damp fall morning, Margaret Putnam and Cynthia Hizer hurry to gather greens from thegarden before the rain comes. The produce offered, and the opportunities for on-farm activities, may differ from farm tofarm. But all CSAs depend on a committed group of shareholders, Lohr said. Lovel said his best customers are those who like to cook and eat most meals at home. The shareholders at Hazelbrand Farms are called “the buyers’ club.” “The consumers benefit because they know where their food comes from,” she said. Each week during the growing and harvesting season, shareholders get their share of freshvegetables from the farmer. “We get money in the spring and pay it back in produce throughout the summer,” Lovel said.”One of the chief obstacles for farmers is the original cash outlay.” CSAs are as much about building community as about farming, Putnam said. “They help smallfarmers like us find people in the community who believe in what we’re doing and are willingto support us,” she said. Community Supported Agriculture allows farmers to share the business risk with theircommunity. Individuals contract with the farmer to grow vegetables for them, which thecustomers pay for in advance. They become “shareholders” in the business. “I have more turnover than I’d like on the CSA,” Lovel said. “One in eight really turns out tobe a customer that orders regularly. The others fizzle out.” “People have had CSAs for years, but they’re really growing now,” Putnam said. Shareholders expected the produce to be their main supply for the season, but ended upsupplementing the new foods with their old favorites from the grocery store. Atlanta is a prime market for CSAs because of its demographics. CSAs allow farmers to devote most of their time to producing food, rather than marketingtheir products. “CSA shareholders in the Southeast are a fairly high-income group,” Lohr said. “The CSAstructure works best in large urban areas. However, they can be structured for otherpurposes.” They own Hazelbrand Farms, an organic farm in Newton County. They, like organic farmersacross the country, are moving to a new system of doing business called CommunitySupported Agriculture. “It sounds like a lot, but it’s $22 per week for the season,” Putnam said. “Most people spendmore than that for produce at the grocery store if they have a family.” “Turnover rates from 30 percent to 50 percent aren’t uncommon for CSAs in the UnitedStates,” Lohr said. “When turnover is high, demands on farmers’ time can be overwhelming.” “Farmers benefit because they receive an immediate source of capital and are able to share therisk with a community of supporters,” said Luanne Lohr, an economist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They found that while many shareholders thought they wanted to try new varieties ofvegetables, the exotic vegetables didn’t appeal to their families, and many went unused. Hugh Lovel, who operates the Union Agricultural Institute in Blairsville, Ga., has had a CSAfor 10 years. It gives him the cash flow for his farm. He charges a membership fee and adeposit, which members get back in produce. UGA researchers joined seven Southeastern CSAs to find out what influenced that turnover. Recent research by Lohr and research partner Deborah Kane showed that CSAs’ biggestproblem is keeping shareholders.last_img read more

State designates Mack environmental partner

first_imgMack Group,Mack Molding’s Northern Operations, with three manufacturing facilities in Arlington and Cavendish, has been named an Environmental Partner by the state of Vermont. To be selected, a business must meet eight standards, all of which are geared toward waste management, pollution prevention and energy efficiency.In addition to participating in an environmental assessment by the Vermont Small Business Development Center, Mack has:â ¢ eliminated process water discharge at the East Arlington facilityâ ¢ significantly reduced electrical usage by replacing 2,100 lightingfixtures with high intensity fluorescent fixturesâ ¢ installed new high efficiency air compressors in two facilitiesâ ¢ reuses or recycles 920,000 lbs of plastic resin per yearâ ¢ recycles 98,500 lbs of sheet metal per yearâ ¢ recycles 45,000 lbs of cardboard per yearâ ¢ purchases cleaning/maintenance products with post consumer recycledcontentâ ¢ reduced fuel oil consumption at the Cavendish facility by 51% over theprevious year.In addition, Mack participates annually in a number of environmental training programs and other pollution prevention best management practices.The Vermont Business Environmental Partnership is a joint effort between the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. Vermont businesses selected for the Partnership use pollution prevention strategies and best practices to go beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations.About Mack MoldingMack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 10 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is president and CEO. For more information, go to www.mack.com(link is external).Source: ARLINGTON, Vt. (10/18/10) ‘ Mack Molding# # # # #last_img read more

College Football–Week 1

first_imgAfter one week of college football, it looks like very little has changed from last year.  Some people thought Louisville might challenge Alabama, but that obviously didn’t happen.  Alabama dominated the Cardinals 54-14.  Clemson and Ohio State just re-loaded and both had huge wins.  I know Urban Meyer is doing more coaching than what the papers have to say, but his suspension sure didn’t slow the Buckeyes down.Closer to home the UC Bearcats might have pulled off the biggest upset of the weekend against UCLA.  Luke Fickell, UC’s head coach, promised a much more competitive team this year.  However, few experts predicted they would travel to the west coast and beat UCLA.  Even though UC was not at full strength, they had more than enough to beat the Bruins.I know it was just one week, but the 2018 season is off to a great start.  We are a long way from the national championship, but as I said earlier, I don’t see a lot of new teams cracking the elite group that has dominated the National Championship so far.last_img read more

Jameis Winston bids Tampa Bay farewell: ‘See you at the Super Bowl’

first_imgIYER: Brady alone won’t make Bucs a Super Bowl contenderWith top free agents Brady and Philip Rivers having found new homes at the Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts, respectively, and Ryan Tannehill re-signing with the Tennessee Titans, there appears to be no obvious landing spot for Winston.His gunslinger mentality means he is unlikely to be a fit to replace Brady in New England, while the Los Angeles Chargers, having reportedly missed out on the former Patriots quarterback themselves, could roll the dice with Tyrod Taylor or select a rookie quarterback such as Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick in the draft. Jameis Winston bade farewell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the signing of Tom Brady, with the outgoing quarterback telling fans he would see them at February’s Super Bowl.The Bucs completed the marquee acquisition of Brady on Friday. The 42-year-old superstar left the New England Patriots earlier in the week after winning a record six Super Bowl rings with the franchise. Winston led the NFL in passing yardage in 2019 but the first overall pick in the 2015 draft also threw a league-high 30 interceptions as Tampa Bay missed the playoffs for a 12th successive season.AL-KHATEEB: Winston the king of boom and bustHis inconsistency and Brady’s availability meant the Bucs did not re-sign Winston and so he will be playing for another team in 2020, a campaign that will end with a Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.”It’s been a great 5 seasons as a Buccaneer,” Winston wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of the night he was drafted five years ago. “All love and respect, I love Tampa and I look forward to seeing y’all again in February. #SBLV #2020Vision #Dreamforever.”It’s been a great 5 seasons as a Buccaneer. All love and respect, I love Tampa and I look forward to seeing y’all again in February. #SBLV #2020Vision #Dreamforever pic.twitter.com/MIPiCfreXW— Jameis Winston (@Jaboowins) March 21, 2020Winston threw for 19,737 yards, 121 touchdowns and 88 interceptions across five seasons with the Buccaneers. He is the team’s all-time leader in passing yardage and touchdowns thrown.last_img read more