In Brattleboro, two dreams have moved closer to reality. One is the
dream of restoring the Brooks House, an important downtown building, gutted by
fire in 2011. There’s also the dream of a
downtown college campus that would bring students and jobs to Brattleboro’s Main Street.
Vermont Technical College, in Randolph, is getting $3.4 million
from the U.S. Department of Labor. The money will support training programs in agriculture,
food production, waste disposal and energy production.
A group of students from Vermont
recently returned from Costa
Rica, visiting as part of a citizen science
team who worked with six coffee farmers there, trying to form a cooperative to
sell organic coffee.