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Experimenting with Diversity

Tatiana Schreiber | September 01, 2007 | Garden Pathways

Tomatoes

Ever since I was in grade school and heard about Gregor Mendel and his famous hybrid sweet peas, I’ve been fascinated with the notion of conducting experiments with plants in a garden. Of course Mendel really was a scientist, while I’m something between an enthusiastic gardener and a tiny-scale farmer. I don’t expect my own experiments will yield anything as ground-breaking as the laws of heredity, but I always hope they will prove valuable in guiding my work the following year. And besides, they’re really fun!

Publishers' Note Fall 2007

| September 01, 2007 | 2007

pumpkins

Congratulations to all the new and seasoned “Localvores” who took part in this year’s challenge and enjoyed every bite, knowing that you were supporting your farmer neighbors in their efforts to provide the fresh, delicious, and nutritious food we’re so fortunate to have in this state! Some friends from Williston commented, “How can you go back to eating anything else that isn’t locally grown or raised after you’ve spent an entire week of tasting the difference?” We couldn’t agree more!

Farmers' Kitchen—King Kale

Fertile Fields Farm—Lori Schreier and James Warren

| June 01, 2007 | Farmers' Kitchen

Lori Schreier and James Warren

It’s that time of year again, when you grill your steak and hamburgers to perfection in  the backyard. I’m not sure which part I enjoy most – deciding which type of beef to eat, smelling the meat as it cooks, eating it, or realizing there’s almost nothing left to clean off the dishes!

Revisiting the Traditional

Ginger Nickerson | June 01, 2007 | Community & History

photos of farmers cerca 1920

Imagine a place where 98% of households keep vegetable gardens, 97% have cows and poultry, 93% grow potatoes, 58% raise pigs and 54% have apple trees – all to provide food for the home. Imagine a place where maple syrup from the backyard provides sweetener for households, where hard cider from fresh apples provides continual refreshment, and where most local produce, berries and meat can be enjoyed year-round thanks to canning, pickling, and cellar storage.

The Chicken Event

George Schenk | June 01, 2007 | Food Systems & Policy

Chicken Illustration by George Schenk

It began simply enough:  I wanted to buy my neighbor’s chicken to serve at my Waitsfield restaurant.

“Can’t,” responded my neighbor, Hadley Gaylord.

“Why?”  I asked.

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