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2/2/17
This post originally appeared on Vermont Farm to Plate Features . When choosing to purchase food, cost is often a deciding factor for consumers. Why buy a 12-ounce package of local bacon for $7.99 when you can get it for $4.98? Purchasing local food means you know where your food comes from, you’re buying food that is generally healthier, and you’re helping drive the local economy to keep more
1/23/17
This post originally appeared on Ferment , the Real Pickles blog. The extraordinary political events taking place in our country are affecting us deeply here at Real Pickles Co-operative , as they are for so many others. They highlight how far we have to go to build the just, democratic, and sustainable society we wish to see. We are reminded why all of us here take Real Pickles’ social mission
1/10/17
The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success ( ORIS ) has been operating and developing their New American Sustainable Agricultural Program ( NASAP ) since 2012, primarily running their training program out of their Dunbarton Fresh Start Farms location along with a few other sites. After five years of operations, which resulted in significant soil building and infrastructure, we have
1/5/17
The Skinny Pancake and Vermont PBS are pleased to announce The Local Motive , a new, six- part television series that explores Vermont’s Farm to Plate food system, the most comprehensive local food system plan in the country. The Local Motive will air on Vermont PBS starting in January, 2017. The project is a collaboration between The Skinny Pancake , Vermont PBS , and Jaime Williams of Von Dier
12/8/16
The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society is leading an effort to develop technology and infrastructure to help farmers keep growing year-round in Maine. Their Sustainable Year Round Agriculture (SYRA) project is connecting Maine ’ s agricultural economy with the manufacturing sector and energy developers to address farm infrastructure needs.The project goals include the creation new year-round
10/27/16
This post, written by Faye Conte, was reposted from Vermont Farm to Plate Features . This October, New England’s food co-ops are joining more than 30,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating the many ways that co-operatives help to build strong communities as part of National Co-op Month. Food co-ops share a commitment to offering quality, healthy food, and many
9/27/16
This post, written by Maria Buteux Reade, was reposted from Vermont Farm to Plate Features . A group of farmers gather in a pasture and stare intently at a young man struggling to push a long probe deep into the ground. He shakes his head sheepishly and hands off the penetrometer to the next volunteer. No luck for her either. The host farmer steps forward and states matter-of-factly, “That’s what
9/6/16
This story was originally posted on Land For Good's website August 19, 2016. Last week, the four Somali Bantu farmers of New Roots Cooperative Farm , broke ground at their new 30 acre farm on the northside of Lewiston, Maine. This is a dream come true for New Roots and for the Somali community in Lewiston and Maine. The four farmer-owners of New Roots—Mohamed Abukar, Batula Ismail, Seynab Ali,
9/1/16
By Elodie Reed, Concord Monitor staff Tuesday, August 30, 2016 New Hampshire has lost 16 percent of its dairy farms in just eight months, and Stew Yeaton is worried his might be next. Yeaton, who runs the fifth-generation Yeaton Farm in Epsom with his brother Bill, said prolonged low milk prices, combined with this summer’s drought, have made for tough times. “We should have cut this field a
8/25/16
On Tuesday, August 9 the Maine Food Strategy, a statewide initiative to create a stronger and more broadly connected food system, released the Framework: A tool for advancing food systems in Maine . This document is based on years of input from stakeholders across many platforms who identified priorities particularly important to the future of Maine’s food system. The Framework offers a model to

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