• Publishers' Note—Winter 2016

    Publishers' Note—Winter 2016

    We think a lot about food here at Local Banquet. How it’s grown and who’s growing it and the practices that enhance and sustain our planet.

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  • Set the Table with Bone Stock

    Set the Table with Bone Stock

    When Rebecca Wood and I were writing The Whole Bowl a couple of years ago, we had no idea that bone-based broths were just about to become the next biggest thing in food.

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  • New Crops from New Americans

    New Crops from New Americans

    We eaters and fans of food love to share memories of delicious meals, tell the backstories of where our food came from, and follow the journeys our food has taken. But food itself tells many stories, just by appearing in a time and place.

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  • A Plucky Issue

    A Plucky Issue

    When I was young, we visited my grandmother in Haverhill, Massachusetts every few months. She never cooked a meal with less than a cup of cream or a pound of butter. But of all of the rich and sumptuous meals I enjoyed at her house, roast duck is the one I remember best.

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  • A Touching Separation

    A Touching Separation

    For the past eight years, calves at Greenfield Highland Beef in Greensboro and Plainfield have been permanently separated from their mothers through the process of “nose-to-nose weaning,” or “fenceline weaning.”

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  • Ambassador Farmers

    Ambassador Farmers

    “These women came down—they call them ‘The Forest Women,’ women who plant on the edge of the mountain’s forests. Some walked for two hours! They’d never attended an educational workshop before…. It was pretty amazing.”

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  • Icing the Apple

    Icing the Apple

    2015 was a banner year for apples. By early October, Vermont’s trees were bowed low with ripe fruit.

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  • Five Years of Funding Farms

    Five Years of Funding Farms

    Early on a January morning in 2011, Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury heard a funny noise. When he looked out his window, he saw his barn engulfed in flames.

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  • Farmers' Kitchen—Andean Agriculture

    Farmers' Kitchen—Andean Agriculture

    Located on the southern slope of Mt. Ascutney in Weathersfield, Cas-Cad-Nac Farm (CCNF) has been our home since 1995. A true labor of love, we originally purchased the property specifically for starting an alpaca-breeding operation.

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  • Last Morsel—Wrap Local

    Last Morsel—Wrap Local

    Those of us who eat local food, diligently compost our kitchen scraps,  and use natural cleaners on our kitchen counters may feel a pang of guilt whenever we reach for a piece of plastic wrap or a plastic container in which to store our food.

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Publishers' Note—Winter 2016

Work That Educates, 1914; photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, 1874–1940, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC.
Work That Educates, 1914; photo by Lewis Wickes Hine

Written on

November 24 , 2015

We think a lot about food here at Local Banquet. How it’s grown and who’s growing it and the practices that enhance and sustain our planet.

But what if the crops you want to eat are not grown at all in the state where you live? Or what if you want to take your locally sourced farming knowledge and share it far beyond the state where you live?

In New Crops for New Americans we present a photo spread that shares the story of crops as cultural archetypes. The New Farms for New Americans program, based in Burlington, has been assisting refugees and immigrants in the growing of distant crops here in the state. They recently worked with UVM Extension to compile a book that celebrates their efforts. We celebrate the book, and these unusual crops, on these pages.

In this issue we also look at what’s happening agriculturally beyond our borders and travel with some of Vermont’s farmer ambassadors to far-off lands such as Nepal, Burma, and Cuba. Click here to read about how these Vermont farmers are sharing their expertise and years of hands-on knowledge and problem solving directly with local farmers to improve on-farm production.

Back at home we take a look at the Vermont Farm Fund, a revolving loan fund, as it celebrates five years of offering “no-hassle” loans to Vermont farmers and food producers. In place of paying back a loan, the VFF likes to say that recipients “pay forward” their loans so that the money is again available to other Vermont farmers in need. Find out more here.

Over the years of publishing Local Banquet we’ve gained a deep respect for those who work the land locally, but international issues are always knocking on our door here in Vermont. We aren’t isolated, and we hope this issue is a reminder that international cross-fertilization in agriculture can yield some impressive and heartening results.

Meg Lucas
Barbi Schreiber

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