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Letter to Readers

Letter to Readers

Written By

Meg Lucas
Barbi Schreiber

Written on

June 22 , 2018

It was a day like today in June of 2007 that we published the first print issue of Vermont’s Local Banquet magazine. The word localvore had newly been coined and folks were engaged in localvore challenges in an effort to reduce the distance food travelled, thus the carbon footprint, and to support a growing farming economy. Our vision sought to strengthen and support our local communities by publishing articles about the many Vermonters engaged in the work of local, sustainable, and nutritious food. In the 10 plus years of producing VLB, the local food movement has indeed grown and matured. Today social justice issues surrounding food such as food access have replaced the challenge of finding locally grown oats. We’ve gone from hoop houses to regenerative agriculture practices that not only sustain but also enhance our environment.

We have truly been blessed to have had the opportunity to chronicle and support the hardworking and dedicated people working in many disciplines to build our food system. And we couldn’t have done it without the dedicated efforts of our friend and editor Caroline Abels and all of our writers. They have brought their talents and professionalism to the magazine and made it shine. We want to thank them all so much.

Now it is time to step away from the magazine and turn our energies to new projects. We are delighted that the mission we established back in 2007 will continue as VLB transforms itself into a digital publication and we look forward to following the continuing evolution of Vermont’s vibrant food system.

Meg Lucas

Barbi Schreiber

June 2018

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About the Author

Meg Lucas

Meg Lucas

Co-publisher Vermont's Local Banquet Magazine

Barbi Schreiber

Barbi Schreiber

Co-publisher Vermont's Local Banquet Magazine

Barbi is a published photographer who received her MFA from San Francisco State University.  Since relocating to Vermont, she has devoted a majority of her time working with local advocacy groups promoting sustainable and organic farming practices including protecting farmers’ rights.

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