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Publishers' Note—Summer 2016

| May 24, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

Publishers' Note—Summer 2016

Vermont has a long history of leading the nation in enacting principled laws aimed at promoting the common good.

Editor's Note Spring 2016

| February 09, 2016 | Spring '16 | Issue thirty-six

The Robinsons' dog Trump enjoys the apple orchard in bloom.

Last fall I was an intern on a Vermont sheep and fruit farm, and over the course of three weeks I used parts of my brain that I tap so rarely they might as well be located in my elbow. Normally I spend my days as a writer and editor, working with words, and like most of us I don’t tax my thinking beyond what my chosen line of work asks of me. My brain is narrow. It is used to doing one or two things well.

Publishers' Note—Winter 2016

| November 24, 2015 | Winter '16 | Issue thirty-five

Work That Educates, 1914; photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, 1874–1940, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC.

We think a lot about food here at Local Banquet. How it’s grown and who’s growing it and the practices that enhance and sustain our planet.

Editor's Note Fall 2015

Caroline Abels | August 19, 2015 | Fall '15 | Issue thirty-four

Dairy farmer picking up potatoes on his farm near Fairfield, Vermont, September 1941.

I’m writing this in early August, on the heels of Vermont Open Farm Week—seven days during which 75 farms, orchards, vineyards, distilleries, and nurseries opened their doors to the public for a concentrated week of public outreach.

Editor's Note Spring 2015

| February 11, 2015 | Spring '15 | Issue thirty-two

Tapping maple trees

When Paul McCartney popped up on my computer screen recently, I wanted to believe him. Who wouldn’t be prepared to trust a man who wrote and sang “Blackbird” and “Good Day Sunshine” and “Penny Lane”?

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