• 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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Neighbors to the North—A Vintner Mentor

Laura Sorkin | November 15, 2016 | Winter '17 | Issue thirty-nine

 Robert Leroyer and David Boyden

When David and Linda Boyden started Boyden Valley Winery in Cambridge in 1996, they had zero experience in viticulture or oenology, save for a class that David had taken at Cornell University.

Neighbors to the North—Seeding Relationships

| November 15, 2016 | Winter '17 | Issue thirty-nine

Seedlings in Quebec

Some 20 years ago, when Tom Stearns of High Mowing Seeds was living in Holland, Vermont, just on the border with Québec, he met Laurier Chabot at a biodynamic agriculture conference.

Neighbors to the North—Of Loaves and Land

Kate Spring | November 15, 2016 | Winter '17 | Issue thirty-nine

Combine mowing grain

Every week at Red Hen Baking Company in Middlesex, six tons of flour is mixed, kneaded, and transformed into 18,000 loaves of bread.

Au Marché

Caroline Abels | November 15, 2016 | Winter '17 | Issue thirty-nine

Honey samples from Ferme Pettigrew

On a sunny, crisp day in early September, a friend and I meandered over the border to visit three Québec farmers’ markets.

So Close And Yet So Far

Quebec may be nearby, but exporting food to Canada requires skill and patience.

Helen Labun | November 15, 2016 | Winter '17 | Issue thirty-nine

So Close And Yet So Far

Ask people in agriculture about the challenges of selling Vermont food in Québec, and folks tend to have the same first reaction.

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