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Susan Z. Ritz

Susan Z. Ritz lives in Montpelier where she is a freelance writer and creative writing teacher. She has previously served on the boards of several Vermont arts, environmental, and women’s advocacy groups but is currently hard at work on her first novel.

Eat Right

Vermont hospitals begin serving local, healthy food to patients and visitors.

Susan Z. Ritz | December 06, 2012 | Winter '13 | Issue twenty-three

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If you haven’t eaten at your local hospital lately, you don’t know what you’re missing. No, seriously! Over the past few years, Vermont medical facilities have traded in their Fry-o-lators for sauté pans, canned and processed foods for local and organic fruits and veggies, and sugary soft drinks for lightly sweetened iced teas.

The Wow of Wagyu

Susan Z. Ritz | June 01, 2012 | Spring '12 | Issue twenty

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On an early January morning in Springfield, the snow-covered pastures of Spring-Rock Farm sparkle in the sun and a small herd of cattle dot the fields like black velvet buttons. From a distance, it’s hard to tell that these animals are anything out of the ordinary.

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Our stories, interviews, and essays reveal how Vermont residents are building their local food systems, how farmers are faring in a time of great opportunity and challenge, and how Vermont’s agricultural landscape ties into larger questions of sustainability and the future of our food supply. 

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