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Q & A with Lt. Governor David Zuckerman

Suzanne Podhaizer | May 15, 2017 | Summer '17 | Issue forty-one

Vermont State House

David Zuckerman is the 81st lieutenant governor of Vermont, and is the first member of the Vermont Progressive Party to hold a statewide office. He is also a farmer.

Vermont Preserves Unusual Breeds

Katie Sullivan | May 15, 2017 | Summer '17 | Issue forty-one

Gotland sheep

As the major breeds of animals in agriculture become ever more populous, farmers are increasingly aware of the genetic peril we face when we rely on just a few highly specialized breeds of a handful of species.

All Souls Tortilleria

Spurs the Search for a Short-season White Heirloom Corn

Jesse Natha | May 15, 2017 | Summer '17 | Issue forty-one

Sam Fuller, Joe Bossen, and Hubert d’Autremont

On one wall of All Souls Tortilleria, a whiteboard is filled with the week’s open orders. Fresh-that-day masa; tortillas for Burlington’s El Cortijo and City Market; Mad Taco in Waitsfield and Montpelier; and bulk masa for Gracie’s Tamales of Waitsfield are among the list of regular accounts.

“Big Bertha”

VTC generates research results along with electricity, heat, and fertilizer.

Tatiana Schreiber | May 15, 2017 | Summer '17 | Issue forty-one

Vermont Tech Community Anaerobic Digester or VTCAD

Anaerobic digesters (ADs) have been sprouting up on Vermont landfills and farms over the past 10–15 years, with a few even older. In an AD, microbes that can function without oxygen break down organic materials such as animal manure and food wastes, producing “biogas” in the process.

Set the Table with Butternuts

Dorothy Read | May 15, 2017 | Summer '17 | Issue forty-one

Butternuts

The first appearance of their sticky, lemon-shape green husks marked the end of summer when I was growing up, so the annual harvest of butternuts was oh so bittersweet.

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