• Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk
  • Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

    The Vermont Milk Commission recently recommended a path towards supply management in the dairy industry. 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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Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray is the author of “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” and other books about community and the Southern landscape. She will return to Vermont in June by train to teach nature writing at the Wildbranch Writing Workshop in Craftsbury Common. And yes, she gave that woman a free carton of eggs.

Good Bye Rubarb Pie

Janisse Ray | December 01, 2007 | Commentary

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Before I moved here, I always thought of Vermont as Holstein cows dotting a green rolling hillside, dairy barn in the middle ground. Say the word “Vermont” and I could smell maple syrup. Before I ever set foot in the Green Mountains, I associated them with food. Good food. And now, as I prepare to leave Vermont, my home for the past three and a half years, it is food I will miss.

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