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    It was a day like today in June of 2007 that we published the first print issue of Vermont’s Local Banquet magazine. The word localvore had newly been coined and folks were engaged in localvore challenges in an effort to reduce the distance food travelled, thus the carbon footprint, and to support a growing farming economy.

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Vermont's Got a New Organics Business

Henry Homeyer | July 14, 2018 | Garden Pathways

Vermont's Got a New Organics Business

For more than thirty years, Paul Sachs has been making fertilizers for organic growers. He learned how to create fertilizers using natural ingredients to include all the minerals needed by plants, not just the “Big Three” – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. His fertilizers naturally include magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and boron from sources such as seaweed, cottonseed meal, ground peanut hulls, and minerals like rock phosphate and green sand. . .

Milk Pricing - Part 1

Helen Labun | July 10, 2018 | Food Systems

Milk Pricing - Part 1

Milk pricing systems for Vermont dairy farmers are notoriously confusing - but also key to understanding the present, and future, of agriculture in Vermont, where dairy production accounts for the majority of our farm-based income. This primer explains the complicated framework, why it's the way it is (more or less), and where we might have gone in different directions. 

Milk Pricing - Part 2

Helen Labun | July 10, 2018 | Food Systems

Milk Pricing - Part 2

Milk pricing systems for Vermont dairy farmers are notoriously confusing - but also key to understanding the present, and future, of agriculture in Vermont, where dairy production accounts for the majority of our farm-based income. This primer explains the complicated framework, why it's the way it is (more or less), and where we might have gone in different directions. 

Introduction to a New Publisher

Helen Labun | July 06, 2018 | From the Editor

Letter to Readers

Meg Lucas Barbi Schreiber | June 22, 2018 | From the Editor

Letter to Readers

It was a day like today in June of 2007 that we published the first print issue of Vermont’s Local Banquet magazine. The word localvore had newly been coined and folks were engaged in localvore challenges in an effort to reduce the distance food travelled, thus the carbon footprint, and to support a growing farming economy.

Farmers' Kitchen—Singing River Farm’s Flint Corn Cornbread

| August 16, 2017 | Farmers' Kitchen

Singing River Farm Cornbread

As farmers, we try to hold a perspective that we are only the current stewards of land that has been, and will be, cared for by a continuum of people for millennia before and after us. Growing flint corn and saving its seed each year helps us maintain that perspective.

Stay Rooted in Vermont with Local Food

Helen Labun Jordan | August 16, 2017 | Food Systems

bee keeping, chantrel mushrooms, deer, ice fishing

If you live in Vermont, chances are that at some time during the year you’ll be eating food that was either grown or processed (or both) in Vermont.

Vermont Young Farmers Coalition

Growing Community and Policy in Vermont

Katie Spring | August 16, 2017 | Food Systems

Vermont Young Farmers Coalition members with Anson Tebbetts, second from left.

Our state chapter, the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition (VYFC), engages both farm owners and employees who are putting down roots here. VYFC supports the national organization in their mission and projects, and engages with young farmers across Vermont, connecting them with fellow farmers and organizations.

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