• Letter to Readers
  • Letter to Readers

    It was a day like today in June of 2007 that we published the first print issue of Vermont’s Local Banquet magazine. The word localvore had newly been coined and folks were engaged in localvore challenges in an effort to reduce the distance food travelled, thus the carbon footprint, and to support a growing farming economy.

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Articles tagged with: Farming

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.”

Building Brands in a Small Farm Food System

Mark Cannella | February 10, 2016 | Spring '16 | Issue thirty-six

Chickens grazing

Small farms in Vermont contribute tremendous value to our evolving food system by being nimble enough to respond to shifting consumer demand quickly. Small farms have pioneered niche products, such as multi-variety mesclun mixes and hybrid CSA memberships.

Farmers' Kitchen—Andean Agriculture

| November 25, 2015 | Winter '16 | Issue thirty-five

Alpaca Steaks

Located on the southern slope of Mt. Ascutney in Weathersfield, Cas-Cad-Nac Farm (CCNF) has been our home since 1995. A true labor of love, we originally purchased the property specifically for starting an alpaca-breeding operation.

Five Years of Funding Farms

Caitlin Gildrien | November 25, 2015 | Food Systems

Bread and Butter Farm

Early on a January morning in 2011, Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury heard a funny noise. When he looked out his window, he saw his barn engulfed in flames.

Ambassador Farmers

Vermont growers share their skills with farmers around the world

Bonnie North | November 25, 2015 | Winter '16 | Issue thirty-five

A local Agricultural Cooperative Association in El Salvador

“These women came down—they call them ‘The Forest Women,’ women who plant on the edge of the mountain’s forests. Some walked for two hours! They’d never attended an educational workshop before…. It was pretty amazing.”

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