• Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org
  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion
  • Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org

    We've changed our website. Please update your bookmarks to LocalBanquet.org LocalBanquet.org is where you will now find the latest Local Banquet stories, a new Story of the Day update feature, features from the archives, and information on how to contribute to Local Banquet if you're interested in writing about Vermont agriculture. 

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  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation

    Back in 2007, Local Baquet ran an article by Bonnie Hudspeth on maple innovation and production in Vermont. Since then, maple production in Vermont has tripled to 1.8 million gallons a year and innovation seems to have entered a new golden (or perhaps amber) age. We did a quick maple innovation news round up for 2018 / 2019 to help everyone keep up with the some of the trends. 

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  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion

    In 2015, the USDA funded a project for UVM researchers to engage in discussions with Vermont farmers about the idea of being paid for ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are things farmers do that improve the environment for everyone, a common example is grass-based farms capturing carbon in the soil as a way to combat climate change. Some services happen naturally through sustainable farming, others take more of an incentive to implement, and either way some policy makers believe that farmers shoudl be compensated for their contribution. 

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Introduction to a New Publisher

Written By

Helen Labun

Written on

July 06 , 2018

When I was in high school in the ‘90’s and starting to pay truly close attention to the Vermont news, the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact was on everybody’s mind. . . which led me to conclude that to do anything useful in Vermont, first you needed to know how dairy pricing works.

 

With the wisdom of hindsight, I will tell you right now that it’s a bad plan to pin youthful ambition on a deep understanding of dairy pricing systems. I will also say don’t be alarmed that my first contribution to Local Banquet as publisher is, in fact, an explanation of dairy pricing systems. This is not a sign that we are becoming a microeconomics journal. Instead, it is a sign that we are dedicated to making best use of our new digital platform, which lets the magazine continue to bring the same types of articles that readers have enjoyed over the past decade and also take chances on more eccentric topics, go deeper into complicated issues, follow the enthusiasm of our writers down new paths in Vermont agriculture, and be more responsive to timely issues as we post content continuously not quarterly. Dairy pricing is also part of understanding how Vermont fits into a larger regional, national, even global agricultural context - a context that we will explore across many different topics.

 

We’ve got more in the works, soil amendments for marijuana, seedsaver tomato recipes, a field guide to fields, a missive from Slow Food Nations, baking with stone fruit from local orchards, what happened next with favorite articles from years past, essays, opinions. . . we’ll always have more stories to tell. Including, possibly, yours.   

 

Having a great group of writers is key to maintaining a great site. I encourage anyone to look at our writers’ guidelines and consider pitching a story or sending an idea for one of the current Local Banquet writers.

 

Having funding won’t hurt either. If you like what you read, sign up for our monthly newsletter (for free), if you really like it then consider subscribing to our enhanced newsletter full of interesting extras (for $22), if you really like it and happen to have access to an advertising budget, please check out our advertising rates and consider supporting us that way.

 

I look forward to sharing the ongoing story of Vermont agriculture with you.

 

~Helen Labun, Publisher

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Helen Labun

Helen Labun

Helen Labun spent many years contributing articles to Local Banquet, and she is now Local Banquet's publisher from her home in East Montpelier. Are you interested in writing about Vermont agriculture for LB? Email us localbanquet@gmail.com 

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