UPDATE On Norwich Farms: VTC To Remove Creamery Equipment In May


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Another issue facing Norwich Farm Creamery?

Vermont Technical College (VTC) plans to remove the creamery equipment from Norwich Farms when it transfers the property to the Upper Valley Land Trust in early May, according to The Herald of Randolph. What this means for the Norwich Farm Creamery located there is not clear, but it strikes me as a set back in its effort to keep the business viable.  See Norwich Farm Creamery At Odds With UVLT and VTC?. As it stands, the Creamery apparently cannot cover the carrying costs associated with the farm. 

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The story Vermont Tech Plans Sale of Norwich Farm by  Zoë Newmarco published on March 29 reports: 

[VTC President Pat Moulton] mentioned that one of the college’s barns in Norwich is filled with creamery equipment that was funded by a federal grant. The terms of the grant specify that the equipment cannot be sold by VTC, said Moulton. She said the college plans to move the equipment to the Randolph Center campus. There it will be stored “until we have made the capital changes that will allow us to reinstall [the equipment] on our [Randolph Center] farm,” she said. 

When VTC accepted the gift of Norwich Farms from the Sigler Foundation in 2015, the college envisioned a semester-long program with students living at the farm. The VTC President said the education program was “rather unsuccessful for a variety of reasons.” The biggest being "that students disliked being so far removed from the college campus", said the article. 

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