Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

Regenerative Agriculture

Taking Root in Vermont

Kate Spring | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight


In 2012, new farmers Jesse McDougall and his wife, Cally, decided not to spray the kinds of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that had long been applied to their hayfields in Shaftsbury.

Vermont Apples: Lost and Found

Nancy Hayden | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

Shacksbury team scouting roadside apples in Ripton

Roaming the hills and back roads in Vermont at this time of year, you find plenty of apple trees. Most are wild trees, also called seedling trees, spread by wildlife or from dropped apples.

Flock Dance:

A new performance piece incorporates Vermont sheep and herding dogs

Caroline Abels | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

A scene from Doggie Hamlet

Yesenia Major—who runs Vermont Shepherd sheep dairy with her husband, David—is a dancer at heart. With Spanish, Dominican, and El Salvadorian roots, she grew up in communities where “we were born dancing.”

Set the Table with…Figs

Alix O’Meara | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight


Figs may not seem like a Vermont kind of crop—the fruits are more associated with warmer climates. However, one local Vermonter has dug into his Italian roots and has been successfully growing figs for five years.

Hügelkultur: A Rotting Resource

Angie Knost | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

Hügelkultur bed

Hügelkultur is a centuries-old sustainable method of building raised garden beds in a way that mimics the natural succession of the forest floor.

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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.