• Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org
  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion
  • Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org

    We've changed our website. Please update your bookmarks to LocalBanquet.org LocalBanquet.org is where you will now find the latest Local Banquet stories, a new Story of the Day update feature, features from the archives, and information on how to contribute to Local Banquet if you're interested in writing about Vermont agriculture. 

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  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation

    Back in 2007, Local Baquet ran an article by Bonnie Hudspeth on maple innovation and production in Vermont. Since then, maple production in Vermont has tripled to 1.8 million gallons a year and innovation seems to have entered a new golden (or perhaps amber) age. We did a quick maple innovation news round up for 2018 / 2019 to help everyone keep up with the some of the trends. 

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  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion

    In 2015, the USDA funded a project for UVM researchers to engage in discussions with Vermont farmers about the idea of being paid for ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are things farmers do that improve the environment for everyone, a common example is grass-based farms capturing carbon in the soil as a way to combat climate change. Some services happen naturally through sustainable farming, others take more of an incentive to implement, and either way some policy makers believe that farmers shoudl be compensated for their contribution. 

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Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

Helen Labun | February 14, 2019 | Winter 2019

Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

The Vermont Milk Commission recently recommended a path towards supply management in the dairy industry. Supply management is a complicated task that stems from a simple goal: stop creating too much milk. But while we have too much milk in the system overall, we have not enough milk going to some households that want it. Foodbanks on average distribute one gallon of milk per person every year - even though demand is high. How does our "extra" milk get to consumers who want it but can't afford it?  

What's Going On with the LiLi?

Bonnie North | July 30, 2018 | On the Farm

What's Going On with the LiLi?

Seven years ago, Local Banquet’s summer issue featured an article on Royalton Vermont’s Bob White Systems and their innovative “LiLi”—a low-input, low impact system for pasteurizing milk. The LiLi is designed for “micro dairies” processing milk from as few as 4 cows. We checked in to see what's happened since we first profiled the invention in 2011.

Milk Pricing - Part 1

Helen Labun | July 10, 2018 | Summer '18

Milk Pricing - Part 1

Milk pricing systems for Vermont dairy farmers are notoriously confusing - but also key to understanding the present, and future, of agriculture in Vermont, where dairy production accounts for the majority of our farm-based income. This primer explains the complicated framework, why it's the way it is (more or less), and where we might have gone in different directions. 

Milk Pricing - Part 2

Helen Labun | July 10, 2018 | Food Systems & Policy

Milk Pricing - Part 2

Milk pricing systems for Vermont dairy farmers are notoriously confusing - but also key to understanding the present, and future, of agriculture in Vermont, where dairy production accounts for the majority of our farm-based income. This primer explains the complicated framework, why it's the way it is (more or less), and where we might have gone in different directions. 

Spreading Joy

There’s a bounty of new butter makers in Vermont

Suzanne Podhaizer | May 26, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

Ploughgate butter

What would we do without butter? It’s the magical element that makes croissants possible. Smeared onto dark, German-style bread, it creates a snack hearty enough to power a lumberjack through a busy afternoon.

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