Katie Sullivan | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

goat illustration by Gabriel Tempesta

I began farming in 2008, moving from books to hands-on experience raising crops, sheep, dairy goats, and poultry.

Farmers' Kitchen—Magnificent Mushrooms

Jimmy Horton | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

Shitake Mushrooms

Many of us are brought up to fear mushrooms. Often to the point of never thinking of them as the wonderful, delicious, and nutritious food they are.

Slow and Steady: Vermont’s “Snail of Approval”

Caroline Abels | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

Williamsville Eatery

“Snail of Approval” is a program of Slow Food Vermont. It’s a certification awarded to restaurants, bars, food and beverage producers, stores, and markets that have been deemed “outstanding among peers” and that contribute to “the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of Vermont’s food supply.”

Small Acts Bring Permaculture Out of the Backyard and into the Community

Bonnie North | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

Bare root trees ready to plant

On August 28, 2011, when Tropical Storm Irene hit parts of Vermont with almost 10 inches of rain, the waters of the Saxtons River rose up in an uncontrollable torrent of historic proportions.

Crafty Cultivation

A Burlington farmer invents machines that ease the burdens of farm labor

Laura Sorkin | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

Rob using the prone weeder

The old adage says, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” but the small farmer’s credo would be a lot more specific: “A sore back will get you scheming for a better way.”

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