Pete Johnson

Pete Johnson

Pete Johnson grew up in Greensboro and has owned Pete’s Greens for 13 years. When not farming he enjoys biking, skiing, and wrestling with the neighbor kids.

Mami and Papi

The owner of Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury heads to Mexico to visit the family of his farm workers

Pete Johnson | June 13, 2013 | Issues Archive


My partner, Meg, and I made our first journey to Mexico in the two weeks before Christmas 2009. We enjoyed some beach time on the Pacific, caught a couple of monster fish, and rode a few waves. We were joined there by our friends Isaac and Melissa, Craftsbury residents who are in the Peace Corps in Panama. After a week on the beach we rode the bus inland to Ixtapa. This is four hours southwest of Mexico City, in the state of Guerrero, and is home base for the Reyes Vargas clan. The Reyes Vargas have nine children, and we have gotten to know seven of them over the past four years.

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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.