• Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org
  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion
  • Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org

    We've changed our website. Please update your bookmarks to LocalBanquet.org LocalBanquet.org is where you will now find the latest Local Banquet stories, a new Story of the Day update feature, features from the archives, and information on how to contribute to Local Banquet if you're interested in writing about Vermont agriculture. 

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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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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? 

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. 

Last Morsel—When Worlds Collide

How does a liberal arts education affect life on the farm?

| May 15, 2017 |

Grazing sheep

I butchered three sheep today. What does this mean to me as a man educated in liberal arts at Middlebury?

Appreciating Neighbors

Mari Omland and Laura Olsen | February 22, 2017 | Commentary

Photo courtesy of Green Mountian Girls

“Neighbor” and “community” are two words that show up frequently in our weekly farm blog.

My Family’s French Canadian Kitchen

A petite vegetable farm in Saint Armand shares lessons in profitability.

Dorothy Read | November 15, 2016 | Set the Table

tourtière

Whenever I catch a whiff of cinnamon or cloves, my mind drifts to my mother’s kitchen and the French Canadian food traditions that shaped how I learned to cook.

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Our stories, interviews, and essays reveal how Vermont residents are building their local food systems, how farmers are faring in a time of great opportunity and challenge, and how Vermont’s agricultural landscape ties into larger questions of sustainability and the future of our food supply.