William Maclay Architects WaitsfieldPaul SachsBradfordE&E Hospitality LimitedArlingtonWest Mountain Inn ArlingtonWind: Recipient Project LocationReverse Osmosis or High Efficiency Arch systems: USDA Rural Development has selected 35 Vermont businesses to receive $2,364,617 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) energy efficiency and energy improvement grants and loan guarantees. Twenty-two businesses were announced today, by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and are the final selections for the REAP funds this fiscal year. USDA Rural Development recognizes the importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency. said Rhonda Shippee, Acting State Director. We look forward to continued success in funding similar projects– helping finance projects that are good for the economy and good for the bottom line of the participating Vermont businesses.Recipients will use their awards for a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy purposes. These awards will additional small wind, solar electric generation and lighting improvement projects to USDA Rural Developments energy program portfolio.As part of the selections, USDA Rural Development s REAP funds continue to be sought after by Vermont s agriculture producers. Dubois Energy LLC will partner their loan guarantee and grant with State, local, and private financing to purchase and install an anaerobic digester system to generate electricity and produce on farm bedding for their operation in Vergennes. Monument Farms Three Gen, LLC in Weybridge, are also receiving a grant and loan guarantee to purchase and install an anaerobic digester system to produce electricity which they will sale to the local utility, and produce energy to heat hot water for the milk house.Twenty-seven awards, totaling $427,626, will be used by maple producers throughout the state for the purchase and installation of reverse osmosis equipment or a new high efficiency arch systems. These systems will reduce energy consumption and increase net farm income.REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. These funds are not part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information on the REAP program, which is authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, please visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill/index.html(link is external).See below for a list of all projects receiving awards under this program.USDA Rural Development s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on our programs is available by contacting us at (802)828-6031 or by visiting USDA Rural Development s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external).Fiscal Year 2009 USDA Rural Development s Rural Energy for America Program selections: Damian BranonFairfieldRidgeview Farm, IncFairfieldCarlton Bertrand, Jr.SwantonScott BoyceRichfordWayne FifieldThetford CenterRodney & Glenda ParadeeSwantonJoseph A. JordanEssex Jct.Charles M. Cooley, Jr.MorrisvilleNorman Fecteau & David L. SteinhourRichfordMorse Farm Inc.MontpelierGary CoreyFairfieldClifford LaPointCraftsburyDouglas RoseLudlowDavid & Sharon DolloffLyndonvillePaul A. LaharAlbanyGabriel GervaisEast FairfieldRobert Lemire SrEssex Jct.Tator’s Sugar ShackSt. AlbansButternut Mountain FarmMorrisvilleFranklin YatesFairfieldPaul PalmerJeffersonvilleDaniel & Rose RoyerNewport CenterKenneth SaundersRupertFernand & Patricia GagneSwantonHoward & Carolyn CollinsNewport CenterRandi & Louise CalderwoodCraftsburyPriscilla WhiteFairfieldWalter Gladstone lighting improvementsBradfordPhoto Voltaic: Harvey McDonald small windDerby LineAnaerobic Digester Systems: Dubois Energy, LLCVergennesMonument Farms Three Gen, LLCWeybridge Source: Montpelier, VT, September 24, 2009 USDA Rural Development.
Husband and wife David and Enion Pelta-Tiller, the driving force behind Taarka.Before I knew about Taarka, I had no idea what taarka was. As it turns out, taarka is a mixture of roasting spices integral to Indian cooking. It also proves to be a completely apropos name for the band being showcased in this week’s blog.Though Taarka boasts a traditional instrumentation – mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, and guitar – their sound is anything but. Like the spicy blendings from which the band takes its name, Taarka is the sonic equivalent to an Indian hot pot. Musical flavors subtly combine, and anything from bluegrass to klezmer to Eastern European folk music is fair game in a Taarka performance.At the heart of the group are the husband/wife duo of David and Enion Pelta-Tiller. David is a native Virginian and steeped in bluegrass, Celtic, and gypsy jazz, while Enion is a classically trained violinist. The two have been touring and blending genres together since 2001 to create the unique sound that is Taarka.Taarka’s next record, Making Tracks Home, releases next month, and we are happy to be featuring “Heart & Song” on this month’s Trail Mix. I recently caught up with Enion to chat about Lyons, Colo., the band’s stomping grounds and a locale most definitely familiar to our friends at Elevation Outdoors.BRO – Your favorite local band that we might not know about?EMPT – The Railsplitters are dear friends of ours who are just starting to get out there. I used to play fiddle with them. Our favorite local band you have heard of is Elephant Revival.BRO – Best place to catch some live music?EMPT – Oskar Blues. They have terrific local and national acts three nights a week and a world famous – really!!! – bluegrass jam on Tuesday nights.BRO – Must see spot that an out-of-towner must visit?EMPT – Planet Bluegrass. It’s the most amazing festival grounds, beautifully restored after the floods of 2013, that hosts Rockygrass and Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.BRO – Favorite local outdoor adventure?EMPT – We have great trails all around. You can hike or bike Hall Ranch, Heil Ranch, or Burton Rock trails that run through the open space all around Lyons. The terrain around here is rugged and beautiful. Hall Ranch is a definite favorite.BRO – Favorite organic restaurant?EMPT – Local is a wonderful restaurant run by chef Katie Baum. We’re so excited to have such a quality gastronomical experience here in our little town. They have great drinks featuring local producers like Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha and Spirit Hound Distillers.Our friends out west can catch Taarka in Colorado Springs on February 27th, and in New Mexico in early March. For more information on tour dates, the band in general, and where you can grab the new record, surf on over to the band’s website.