News in Brief: Water quality for farms; drug bust

Farm Water Quality seminar in Hartland

Would you like to know what government programs are available for farmers interested in protecting water quality? From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Vital Communities is hosting a panel discussion of farmers and representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to highlight programs and practices that support farmers in protecting the environment.

The event will take place at Cobb Hill Co-housing in Hartland, VT. An optional tour of Cobb Hill Co-housing will take place at 5 p.m.

Vermont soil conservationist Jason Fleury and New Hampshire district conservationist Beth Ann Finlay will highlight NRCS programs and practices that provide financial assistance to farmers interested in improving water quality and nutrient management. Representatives from two farms that have worked with NRCS, Cedar Mountain Farm and Patridge Farm, will speak about their experiences protecting water and pasture quality through manure management, fencing improvements and other practices.

A mixer and refreshments will follow the event.

Since 2002, Vital Communities and its Valley Food & Farm program has fostered the relationships that make agriculture a vibrant part of daily community life. For more information visit www.vitalcommunities.org /agriculture/index.htm

Chester drug bust update

The Chester Police Department and the Vermont State Police arrested 10 people on drug possession and distribution charges at the Pleasant Street apartments. Here’s two links for the latest on those drug arrests: One is from Christian Avard of the Rutland Herald. His piece on the arraignments also ran in Vermont Today. The other is a video report by WCAX-TV.

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