Farmers Learn in Living Laboratory
Farmers gathered at the UVM extension service’s living laboratory at Roger Rainville’s Borderview Farm in Alburgh this past August for the fifth consecutive year to learn from their findings and exchange ideas. The Extension Service and its soil scientists have been testing yields of different grain and seed varieties at the Rainville farm. Growing grain locally for cow feed could reduce the need to import phosphorus-rich feed from the Midwest and reduce runoff into Lake Champlain. Local grain is also highly sought by Vermont brewers, processors, and consumers. Seeds being tested may be used to produce oil, another component missing from Vermont’s local food system, and also biodiesel.