• 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 per person 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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Abraham Noe-Hays

Abraham Noe-Hays

Abraham Noe-Hays, of Putney, is the owner of Full Circle Compost Consulting, which designs, manufactures, installs, and services composting toilets throughout the northeast. He holds a B.A. in human ecology from College of the Atlantic, which now boasts new dormitories and a student center containing composting toilets. For more information about human manure, and for recommendations for further reading, visit Abraham’s website.

Human Manure

Returning fertility to farms and gardens

Abraham Noe-Hays | June 01, 2010 | Issues Archive


In gardening, we cannot escape cycles—not that we’d want to, since they’re what keeps the whole party going. There are the obvious cycles, like the eternal cycle of seasons, and the accompanying growth cycle from seed to seedling, to plant, flower, or fruit, and back to seed again. But there’s another cycle taking place in every garden and on every farm that is the most fundamental of all, but nearly invisible.

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