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Winter '15 | Issue thirty-one

Farmer Wordplay: Harvest vs. Slaughter

Kate Spring | November 17, 2014 | Commentary

Chickens

With both hands, I reach into the crate of chickens. “I’m sorry!” I say to the chicken as it flaps in my less-than-confident grasp. The butcher just showed me how to properly handle a bird: two hands on their legs, chest down, and pick up. They won’t flap this way. I put the bird’s chest on the ground until it calms and hand it to the butcher.

Farmers' Kitchen—Jam with Character

David Fried | November 17, 2014 | Farmers' Kitchen

David Fried

Do you ever wonder why fruit grown in Vermont—on your own trees, vines, and shrubs—tastes so amazing? The king and queen of Atlantis didn’t get anything close to this. Well, maybe.

All Hands on Deck

Salvation Farms is counting on prison inmates to fill a gap in the local food system

Suzanne Podhaizer | November 17, 2014 | Issues Archive

Hands holding apples

As a farmer, I’ve become a collector of vegetables. But as we all know, vegetables cannot last forever. That is, unless you put them in a jar with some salt, a sprinkling of peppercorns, and a few cloves of garlic. Pickling is an essential way for us to eat from our gardens while the plants sleep beneath snow. But for me, pickling’s greatest joy is this: It gives me an excuse to use my jars.

Ode on a Glass Jar

Taylor Mardis Katz | November 17, 2014 | Issues Archive

Canning jars

As a farmer, I’ve become a collector of vegetables. But as we all know, vegetables cannot last forever. That is, unless you put them in a jar with some salt, a sprinkling of peppercorns, and a few cloves of garlic. Pickling is an essential way for us to eat from our gardens while the plants sleep beneath snow. But for me, pickling’s greatest joy is this: It gives me an excuse to use my jars.

Farming and Parenting

What happens when children enter the farming life?

Abigail Healey | November 17, 2014 | Issues Archive

Spencer Blackwell of Elmer Farm in East Middlebury with his children Ida and Angus.

Farming isn’t a job—it’s a lifestyle. While most people have a job that is away from their home and family, farmers often don’t. Their farm is their home (ideally), and if they have kids, those kids are part of their work (often). One could argue that the busiest people in the world are farmers and parents. For those who are both, how do they manage?

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