• 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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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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