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'Working lands' grants aim to keep Vermont land Vermont-like


First round of state 'working lands' grants given to projects ranging from Vermont drink company to slaughtering goats

Twenty-seven years ago, Susan Alexander had her first taste of switchel, an old-time Vermont drink that farmers consumed while haying. She thought then that someday she’d bottle the stuff and sell it.

“It was truly love at first sip,” she said.

That day came last summer, when the Cabot woman launched Vermont Switchel Co. and started hand-bottling at the Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick. She hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, so strong is the thirst for the drink made of map...