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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. 

Stay Rooted in Vermont with Local Food

Helen Labun | 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.

Five Years of Funding Farms

Caitlin Gildrien | November 25, 2015 | Food Systems

Bread and Butter Farm

Early on a January morning in 2011, Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury heard a funny noise. When he looked out his window, he saw his barn engulfed in flames.

What Is Fresh?

Helen Labun | August 25, 2015 | Food Systems

vine ripe tomatoes

Ask Vermont food enthusiasts what they love about local food and most of us say, “It’s fresh.” The link between fresh flavor and local food is so strong that the terms often appear as one: “Fresh local food!”

The Challenges of Sourcing Locally

Elena Gustavson | August 22, 2014 | Food Systems

The chalkboard at DownStreet Eats, Cabot

The sun is up, the kids are stirring, and as I sit at my kitchen counter in Cabot with a cup of strong black coffee in hand, I review my list: 7 a.m.,Kids to School; 8 a.m., Craftsbury; 9 a.m., Hardwick; 9:45 a.m., East Hardwick; 10:30 a.m., Kitchen.

Why Mid-Scale Farming Is Important in Vermont

Ela Chapin and Liz Gleason | May 23, 2014 | Food Systems

Bags of veggies from Pete's Greens

Vermont’s vibrant farm economy is made up of all sizes, scales, and types of farms—something that’s beneficial, because a high diversity of scale and business model is critical to improving the sustainability and resiliency of our food system. Yet within Vermont (and outside Vermont) there is a particular fondness for the smallest scale farms.

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