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About Jenn Colby

Jennifer Colby is the Program Coordinator for the Pasture Program at the UVM [Extension] Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She has degrees from UVM in Animal Science and Community Development and Applied Economics. Her thesis focused on elements affecting success, satisfaction and net profits in grass-based farm systems. Jenn's work has included community sustainability, environmental policy, organic dairy, and grass-based livestock agriculture since 1994. She serves on the boards of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), the Vermont Beef Producers Association and the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional [Planning] Commission as well as providing direct staff support for the Vermont Grass Farmers Association. Jenn and her family operate a small, diversified meat livestock farm and competition barbecue team in central VT.

Thinking About Soil Health

I recently attended a three-day soil health training hosted by the USDA-NRCS National Soil Health Training team, along with about 40 other statewide partners and NRCS field staff. The intent of the training was to help us think about soil … Continue reading

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Envirothon Celebrates the Intersection of Agriculture and Environment

I could barely contain an excited squeal (yes—squeal) as I waited for the awards to be announced. I knew in my heart that one of my teams would be named Team of the Year. I say “my” teams without a … Continue reading

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On Being a Woman Farmer

I’m dressed in my sweatshirt and my knit hat. I have a knife in one hand and rubber gloves in the other. My husband says, “You amaze me”. “Why?”, I ask. “Because I don’t know many women who would do … Continue reading

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