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4/2/15
By Chuck Ross, Secretary Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets The clean water bill currently under consideration in the Vermont House of Representatives (House Bill 35) is a vital step forward for Vermont’s efforts to address the problem of polluted storm water runoff into our lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. This bill addresses the problem of excess nutrients and sediment that
3/30/15
As we work to rebuild our foodsheds, regional food hubs are an integral ingredient. When “local” began to re-root in the American landscape and psyche during the first decade of the 21st century, we tended to celebrate the two ends of sustainable food systems: farm gate and dinner plate. We nearly forgot that we also had to fiddle with the middle—the supply chain components that drive (sometimes
3/26/15
Even in locally conscious Vermont, we are far too reliant on food grown and distributed outside of our region and decisions made outside of our control. This creates vulnerabilities for Vermont’s food system—how food is produced and distributed and all of the related components such as labor costs, farm viability, energy, financing, education, consumer demand, and food access. Vermont’s Farm to
3/5/15
Local Foods Plymouth: Our Mission Since 2006, Local Foods Plymouth (LFP) has been offering an alternative farmer’s market to the greater Plymouth, NH region. The mission of LFP is to connect local farmers and area residents in order to support local agriculture and community. This is accomplished through an online outlet offering locally made, raised, or grown products. LFP aims to encourage
2/12/15
A growing number of people in New Hampshire want to support local businesses. I celebrate this. Local business owners, entrepreneurs and employees are economic heroes and deserve our support. There are many ways to support a local business; some more effective than others. The easiest way, of course, is to be a steady customer and encourage others to do the same, through conversation, offering a
2/5/15
Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture,
1/29/15
Farm to Instituion New England is hosting a Farm to Institution Track at the Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference! Farm to Institution New England is excited to be hosting a farm to institution track with five workshops at the 2015 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show , one of New England’s largest agricultural marketing conferences, on February 25-26 at the
1/26/15
The temperature was 12 below when a busload of UVM students arrived at a nondescript business park off Route 100 in Waitsfield. From the outside, the green, industrial building didn’t look like a thriving food enterprise. But on the inside – with 4,000 square-feet of freezers, storage, a loading dock, and processing space – it became immediately clear to students that local food was the mission.
1/22/15
My most popular blog post by far at World.edu is called "Sustainable agriculture jobs after college?" In this essay, I try to tell the truth about the jobs situation in sustainable agriculture based on my experience working with young women and men graduating college. My conclusion is that while there is much work that needs to be done, well-paying, meaningful jobs that offer a sense of security
1/11/15
This fall, a new food co-op opened its doors in downtown Orange, Massachusetts - the result of an unusual partnership between a food buying club and a land trust. The Quabbin Harvest Co-op offers an example of how land trusts can advance their farm conservation missions by helping to rebuild the local food system. Located in the North Quabbin region of central Massachusetts, Orange is a former

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