• Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • 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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Farming & Feasting with the Robinsons: Spring

Jesse Natha | March 01, 2009 | Community & History

Robinson Family Tree

In honor of the sugaring season, we're returning to some of our favorite articles on this topic from years past. Here is the Spring installment in a series that ran on the Robinson Family, who farmed for four generations on the Ferrisburgh property that is now the Rokeby Museum. The museum’s collection includes correspondence and household records detailing the family’s ways of farming, preserving, and eating.

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.”

Unexpected Treasures

John Miller and The Old Schoolhouse Plantery

Tatiana Schreiber | May 25, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

John and Diane Miller of Old Schoolhouse Plantery

The one lesson John Miller says he always remembers from his years at Writtle Agricultural College in Great Britain is this: “Any fool can grow it; the trick is to sell it.”

Sharing the Whole Earth Perspective

Organic farmers in the WWOOF program pass down the values of the local food movement

Amber Newman | May 25, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

Jovin Ehrt, James Daly, and Meg Kirkham harvesting flint corn at Singing River Farm

Singing River Farm in Rockingham belongs to a global network of organic farmers who welcome strangers into their lives for an educational and cultural exchange. The network, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, is better known as WWOOF, and the people who visit farms are known as WWOOF’ers.

Pigs and Whey: “It just makes sense.”

Caitlin Gildrien | May 25, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

Whey fed pigs

“When people tell me they’re thinking about getting into cheese, I tell them to get pigs.” Mateo Kehler of Greensboro’s Jasper Hill Farm pauses. “In fact, I wish we’d gotten pigs before we got cows.”

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