• News & Commentary: SNAP Data in Court
  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion
  • News & Commentary: SNAP Data in Court

    Last week, Civil Eats ran an extended article on a battle that’s gone to the Supreme Court over access to retailers’ SNAP benefits data. The article points out the many possible implications of this data release, including how plays into the conversation around whether (or, how) to use SNAP to shape Americans’ diets.

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  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation

    Back in 2007, Local Baquet ran an article by Bonnie Hudspeth on maple innovation and production in Vermont. Since then, maple production in Vermont has tripled to 1.8 million gallons a year and innovation seems to have entered a new golden (or perhaps amber) age. We did a quick maple innovation news round up for 2018 / 2019 to help everyone keep up with the some of the trends. 

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  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion

    In 2015, the USDA funded a project for UVM researchers to engage in discussions with Vermont farmers about the idea of being paid for ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are things farmers do that improve the environment for everyone, a common example is grass-based farms capturing carbon in the soil as a way to combat climate change. Some services happen naturally through sustainable farming, others take more of an incentive to implement, and either way some policy makers believe that farmers shoudl be compensated for their contribution. 

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Ceres, Goddess of Agriculture, Returns to State House

Local Banquet | November 30, 2018 | Fall '18

Ceres, Goddess of Agriculture, Returns to State House

Agriculture has regained its place of pride in the Vermont state house as the new Ceres sculpture was lifted into place on November 30th. This version, made by local artists Chris Miller and Jerry Williams, is expected to reside on the golden dome for 150 years. 

Opinion: Connecting Online

Helen Labun | November 20, 2018 | Fall '18

Opinion: Connecting Online

Hashtags are a simple social media tool that lets folks find posts on topics they care about. Vermont's farmers, food producers, and food system nonprofits have taken an interest in using this system more effectively - for example via the #RootedInVermont campaign. Why do these simple tags seem so important? 

Local Wineries & Cider Makers Tackle Food Waste with Collaboration

Corey Burdick | November 09, 2018 | Fall '18

Local Wineries & Cider Makers Tackle Food Waste with Collaboration

The crispness of fall has given way to chillier nights and snow dusted mornings throughout much of Vermont. It’s the season to tuck in with a glass of local wine or cider in hand. As you sip slowly, here's some food (or drink) for thought: what happens to the waste produced in the creation of your beverage? Where does that spent grape must and pomace go, aside from the compost bin?

Farm to Plate Gathering Looks at Progress in Last 10 Years

| November 08, 2018 | Food Systems & Policy

Farm to Plate Gathering Looks at Progress in Last 10 Years

Over 250 members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convened November 1-2, 2018 at the eighth annual Farm to Plate Gathering in Killington to discuss work in increasing jobs and economic development in the Vermont Food System. 

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