• 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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In the News: Farm to School

Local Banquet | October 22, 2018 | Fall '18

In the News: Farm to School

In honor of Farm to School month, a round up of news stories, and background information, that you might have missed about local food in schools and how Vermont fits into a national movement. 

Food and Community

Claire Fitts Georges | October 08, 2018 | Commentary

Food and Community

Claire Fitts Georges traveled to Slow Food Nations in Denver, CO, and now reflects on what it means for a food to be connected to its local community. Plus, a bonus recipe. 

Heritage Ciders from Tannic Apples: New England’s OG Wine

Eleanor Léger | September 29, 2018 | Fall '18

Heritage Ciders from Tannic Apples: New England’s OG Wine

Your favorite apples from the grocery store don’t have much in the way of tannin, and they make an alcoholic cider that New Englanders from the Founding Fathers time would have scorned - cider was once the wine of the Northeast, and today heritage ciders are bringing back that tradition. 

Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint

Tatiana Schreiber | September 12, 2018 | Food Systems & Policy

Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint

In Vermont, the legal season for collecting wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) runs from September 1 through October 31, making this a good time to follow up on a 2008 Local Banquet article by biologist Rick Enser, "A Gathering Storm." Wild ginseng populations had fallen to concerning levels when he wrote his piece in 2008, what has happened since? 

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