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Fall '13 | Issue twenty-six

Pastured Poultry in Aisle 9

New small-scale slaughter facilities are allowing some Vermont farms to sell pastured chicken in stores

Caroline Abels | August 20, 2013 | Issues Archive

Wind staff process chickens in the farm’s new facility

Whiz by it on Route 2 between Richmond and Bolton and you might think it was an abandoned rail car, a housing unit for migrant farm workers, or a storage shed. Bland and inconspicuous, the boxy structure doesn’t look like it has the potential to re-shape Vermont’s local food scene (or at least make it easier to purchase and cook pastured chicken).

Meet the Meat Hubs

Two New Facilities Aim to Increase and Strengthen Local Meat Production

Cheryl Herrick | August 19, 2013 | Issues Archive

Packages of Black River meat

A year ago, Bryce and Debbie Gonyea were operating a small hog farm in Danville, selling their pigs to Vermont Salumi and private customers, in addition to selling young piglets for families to raise for their own consumption. Bryce had recently retired from three-and-a-half decades in the agricultural insurance business and was creating a stream of retirement income through farming.

Set the Table with Local Meat for a Crowd

Claire Fitts Georges | August 19, 2013 | Fall '13 | Issue twenty-six

Chicken in a pot on the stove

When you’re committed to eating humanely raised, local meat and you’re getting some friends together for some good eats, chances are you’re not going to throw 15 $20 steaks on your backyard barbecue. We all might like to pretend that we just won the lottery, but it’s no easy feat to blow a whole paycheck serving humane, sustainable food to our nearest and dearest.

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.

Putting the Garden to Bed

Henry Homeyer | August 19, 2013 | Garden Pathways

Various garden photos

There are many distractions at this time of year, whether school or watching football or catching up on work and e-mail after an August vacation. But one thing’s for sure: autumn—and winter—are coming, and we need to put our gardens to bed. A little extra work now will help us garden even better next year.

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