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A Passion for Artisan Soap

Joann Darling | March 01, 2013 | Issues Archive

A Passion for Artisan Soap

My soap-making journey started a decade or so ago, when I was becoming more and more sensitized (allergic) to mainstream, detergent-type soaps. Eventually I just couldn’t use them anymore. As I researched the subject, I became alarmed at what was being used in cosmetic products on the market, not to mention all the harmful chemicals leaching into our waterways as a result of those products. I decided to start making my own soap, and the enthusiasm I had back then for soap making has now turned into a passion and a business for me. My only regret is that I didn’t start making them sooner!

Barnstorming

Incarcerated Vermonters help save treasured buildings

Sarah Alexander | December 08, 2012 | Winter '13 | Issue twenty-three

Amanda Griggs, bottom row second from left; upper left and bottom left Corrections Department administrators.

Barns, of course, are a staple in Vermont agriculture, providing a place to house livestock, store hay and grain, and keep farm vehicles and equipment. Unfortunately, though, their upkeep can be dauntingly expensive and time consuming, especially with cows to milk and food to produce.

A Mobile Market Finds Its Way

Khristopher Flack | December 07, 2012 | Winter '13 | Issue twenty-three

The Lunchbox

A little after 10:00 a.m. on a chilly October morning in Newport, the traffic at the intersection of Main street and Coventry street is as steady as usual. Traffic lights turn, some cars move, others stop; the rhythm of routine here is strong.  But at the edge of this routine, along the curb, Meghan Stotko is doing something eye-catching: building a multi-tiered display of local food that’s part billboard, part art installation.

Eat Right

Vermont hospitals begin serving local, healthy food to patients and visitors.

Susan Z. Ritz | December 06, 2012 | Winter '13 | Issue twenty-three

Photo courtesty of Fletcher Allen.

If you haven’t eaten at your local hospital lately, you don’t know what you’re missing. No, seriously! Over the past few years, Vermont medical facilities have traded in their Fry-o-lators for sauté pans, canned and processed foods for local and organic fruits and veggies, and sugary soft drinks for lightly sweetened iced teas.

A Localvore’s Dilemma

“Should I buy local or organic?”

Caitlin Gildrien | December 03, 2012 | Winter '13 | Issue twenty-three

A localvore's dilimma

It’s a sign of the maturity of Vermont’s sustainable agriculture and local foods movement that this has become a prevalent and perplexing question. Is it better to buy a local, organic carrot or one that’s just local? Even more challenging, is it better to buy a local, conventionally grown carrot, or an organic carrot from far away?

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