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Plans afoot to diversify Vermont farming

If some agricultural planners have their way, Vermont is destined to become be the next big soybean state. Officials of Vermont Soy, a start-up company located in Hardwick, are interested in helping local farmers get into the soybean business. Our goal is to source the highest quality organic soybeans from area farmers, said Andrew Meyer of Vermont Soy. To help interested farmers grow high quality beans we recognize the need to help connect them with the resources needed to address the many issues involved, such as technical assistance, organic certification, harvesting equipment and storage. Vermont Soy plans to supply the market with soy foods made with beans organically grown in Vermont. Vermont Soy will soon introduce a line of fresh, organic soy drinks (Plain, Vanilla and Chocolate). Vermont Soy will combine the latest technology with the finest organic ingredients to produce a creamy tasting soymilk similar to the creamy taste of cows milk without the beany flavor. They call it the Whole Bean Way. The Whole Bean philosophy promotes sustainable local economies, environmentally sound farming and businesses practices, and the healthiest soy products available using whole organic soybeans. The soy company, working with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association and the Town of Hardwick, were recipients of a planning grant from the Vermont Community Development Program. The grant helped conduct a marketing, feasibility and factory design study. Vermont Soy will process product at a new building in the Hardwick Industrial Park.

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