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Vermont Technical College moves to remove tenants

July 16, 2021 GMT

NORWICH, Vermont (AP) — Vermont Technical College has moved to pursue legal options to remove the operators of Norwich Farm Creamery, which has stayed on past their lease.

The college’s president Patricia Moulton said Thursday that efforts are underway to remove the tenants, Valley News reported.

“We are pursuing the legal measures that we have available to us to ensure that our tenant moves on,” Moulton said. She declined to specify what those measures would include.

Moulton said that the institution is also in negotiations with the Norwich Farm Foundation — which supports and raises funds for the creamery — to sell the 6-acre farm parcel and its home, barn and other buildings. The main building and a smaller home were listed last summer.

Representatives of both the creamery and the foundation said Thursday that dairy processing and negotiations to buy the property are ongoing.

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“We are busy in the creamery working to feed those who rely on us each week and have more orders than we can even deliver on,” said Chris Gray, one of the farms operators. “There is an increasing need for local value-added dairy. We’re optimistic that NFF and VTC will reach an agreement. What we’ve heard from the Norwich community is overwhelming support for the NFF and a firm will that this continues as a working farm.”