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On the Farm

Last Morsel—A Slow Tan

Caroline Abels | February 10, 2016 | On the Farm

Sheepskin

Sheep aren’t raised for their skins, but the soft pelts that are a byproduct of meat and wool production are a fluffy reward for farmers and homesteaders who spend many hours tending their flocks.

Planting a LiLi

Caroline Abels | August 22, 2014 | On the Farm

Ribbon cutting at Back to the Future Farm

To understand what the LiLi pasteurizer—conceived and developed in Vermont—could mean to the dairy community of Orange County, New York, I drove to the Hudson Valley in early July and chatted with some longtime dairy farmers.

Farm-ecology

How one Vermont farm is addressing climate change and pollinator loss.

Nancy Hayden | May 23, 2014 | On the Farm

Apple blossoms at The Farm Between

My husband, John, reminds me every so often that in a world of seven billion people it is a privilege to own land. This is a good thing to contemplate as I stack brush and run it through the wood chipper. After a long winter, I’m already feeling the ache in my back and shoulders from only a few hours of work.

Honey Homeyness

Exploring how Vermont honeys have their own “taste of place.”

Alice Eckles | May 23, 2014 | On the Farm

bees at hive

I suppose every beekeeper feels that the place where “their” bees forage is the capital of taste, for it’s true that honey can capture the charms of particular nectars in particular places all over the world.

Fields, with Geese

Suzanne Podhaizer | February 21, 2014 | On the Farm

Geese in a field

In an email sent just before our first date, in February of 2013, Wesley Bascom posed a multiple-choice question. “Are you interested in serving goose...?” he asked. The choices he provided for my response were: a) “Totally down to pluck!” b) “Maybe. I will take a gander at it.” c) “Foie gras? More like foie naw.”

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