November 2016 Blog Posts

November 15, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

Supporters of "Keep the Soil in Organic"

More information about the effort to "Keep the Soil in Organic"   Eliot Coleman – 4 Seasons Farm Enid Wonnacott – NOFA-VT Kate Duesterberg & Will Allen – Cedar Circle Farm Roger Noonan – Middle Branch Farm David Zuckerman...

November 7, 2016

Press coverage of the 'Rally in the Valley'

Article:  Slinging Mud Over the Organic Label (National Geographic Magazine) Radio: Some Growers Say Organic Label Will Be Watered Down If It Extends To Hydroponics (NPR) Article: What’s Organic? A Debate Over Dirt May Boil Down to Turf (New York Times) Article: ...

November 7, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Organic pioneers and supporters fight to 'Keep the Soil in Organic'

Organic farmers and their supporters came from all over New England to rally and protest the federal government’s allowance of hydroponically-grown fruits and vegetables to be labeled as “USDA Certified Organic.”  Among the speakers who addressed a crowd of roughly 250 farmers, food advocates and organic consumers on Sunday, October 30th were U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME), farmer/authors Eliot Coleman and Will Allen, and organic farmer David Zuckerman, who is also a state senator and a major candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Vermont.