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Soil Heals:

The Vermont Farmer Veteran Coalition

Laura Sorkin | February 22, 2017 | Spring '17 | Issue forty

Photo of Jon courtesy of Jon Turner

When you speak with Jon Turner about his diversified farm in Bristol, he talks about the same things many other organic farmers do: the cohesion between species, the value of biodiversity, soil health.

Here Comes the Sun

As solar panels crop up on prime agricultural land, farmers and regulators respond.

Suzanne Podhaizer | February 22, 2017 | Spring '17 | Issue forty

Photo of Seth Gardner’s solar panels courtesy of UVM Extension.

Driving around Vermont, people are treated to all kinds of pastoral views. There are acres of cornfields, apple orchards with boughs bending under the weight of ripe fruit, and Holsteins looking as placid as the ones on a Ben & Jerry’s label.

Set the Table with TV dinners

Helen Labun | February 22, 2017 | Spring '17 | Issue forty

VT dinners; photo by Natalie Pelham

“I unabashedly describe myself as a local food advocate,” wrote Marlboro College student Nathaniel Brooks in 2015, as he was launching his new business. “I see re-localizing our food system as a key lever for shifting our culture away from its current path toward one of greater interconnection, mindfulness, and sustainability.”

Editor's Note Spring 2017

Caroline Abels | February 22, 2017 | Spring '17 | Issue forty

Sap buckets, Rockingham; photo by Meg Lucas.

This spring I’ll be leaving Vermont’s Local Banquet after 10 years as its editor. The past decade hasn’t just been a banquet—it’s been a feast!

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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.