• Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint
  • Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint

    In Vermont, the legal season for collecting wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) runs from September 1 through October 31, making this a good time to follow up on a 2008 Local Banquet article by biologist Rick Enser, "A Gathering Storm." Wild ginseng populations had fallen to concerning levels when he wrote his piece in 2008, what has happened since? 

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Enid Wonnacott

Enid Wonnacott

Enid Wonnacott is the executive director of NOFA Vermont, a non-profit association of farmers, gardeners and eaters working for local farms, healthy food and strong communities.

 

Consumers as Coproducers

NOFA Vermont’s executive director reflects on 20 years of involvement in the state’s local organic food movement

Enid Wonnacott | December 01, 2008 | Commentary

NOFA-VT

People frequently ask me: Why is Vermont’s local food system so strong? Of course, it is difficult to name one reason. Is it the quality of our farmers who steward the land, mentoring each other and increasing in numbers annually? Is it the localvore movement, which is building a social food and farm network among neighbors and an organizing structure that addresses the barriers to greater local food production? Is it the 100 schools in Vermont that are integrating farm and food lessons into their curricula and partnering with farms to serve local foods in their cafeterias?

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