• Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk
  • Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

    The Vermont Milk Commission recently released a report of recommendations for advancing supply management in the dairy industry. True supply management is a complicated task that stems from a simple goal: stop creating too much milk. But while we have too much milk in the system overall, we have not enough milk going to some households that want it. Foodbanks on average distribute one gallon of milk to each household every year - even though demand is high. How does our "extra" milk get to consumers who want it but can't afford it?  

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On the Farm

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.”

Winter Bounty

Vermont growers use innovative structures and methods to feed us during the coldest months.

Brooke Werley | November 26, 2013 | On the Farm

High tunnels at Screamin' Ridge Farm

It is almost winter in Vermont. The familiar crunch accompanies the early riser’s first steps onto the frosted tips of grass. Where the garden once teemed with large leaves of Swiss chard and the sweetest of cherry tomatoes, there remain only a few flattened beet leaves and carrot tops left behind from the fall harvest.

How to Link to Land

Programs help aspiring farmers learn about available farmland in Vermont.

Andrew Stowe | November 26, 2013 | On the Farm

Photo of Katie and Jaska by Calley Hastings

“The key was that we didn’t know what we didn’t know.”

In describing their farm journey, Jaska Bradeen, 29, and Katie Sullivan, 30, of Sheep and Pickle Farm in Brookfield, return again and again to this problem, one that they and many other beginning farmers like them have faced when first looking for land.

Peak Phosphorous: Crisis in the Making or Radical Opportunity?

Tatiana Schreiber | November 24, 2013 | On the Farm

Jay Bailey, of Fair Winds Farm, in Brattleboro, applying diluted human urine to his hayfield using horses.

For many years environmental activists have used the term “peak oil” to refer to the coming crisis in availability of fossil fuels, and as part of a rhetorical strategy to hasten our shift toward a post-oil economy. Recently, some activists and scientists have begun to talk about another “peak” crisis: that of phosphorous.

How to Get Grounded

Young farmers in Vermont surmount the high cost of land with support from family, friends, and investors

Andrew Stowe | August 19, 2013 | On the Farm

Edge Fuentes

On a road in Cabot, not far from the land that Laura Dale and Cyrus Pond bought this past March, you can look out to the west at a horizon dominated by the undulating spine of the Green Mountains. For many young farmers in Vermont, the cost of land can seem as daunting and insurmountable as the largest of those mountains in the dead of winter.

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