January 2018 Blog Posts

January 23, 2018 •
Mara Welton, Slow Food Vermont

Sourcing rare and endangered foods for Slow Food Ark of Taste

Slow Food Vermont is looking to source some items to feature at the Young Farmer Meetup at the NOFA-VT Winter Conference. The Slow Food Ark of Taste features rare and endangered foods of cultural significance, and we'd like to feature some key New England items. We are hoping some of you amazing growers have some of these produce items in storage here in midwinter.

January 16, 2018 •
Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School

Farmers Market Legal Toolkit Provides Free Resources to Build Strong, Accessible Markets for Communities

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) today launched an onlineFarmers Market Legal Toolkit, a free resource to support building resilient and accessible markets throughout the United States. The toolkit, created with support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is available at farmersmarketlegaltoolkit.org.

January 12, 2018 •
Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farm

Changing Paradigms in Food and Farming

The state’s dairy farmers, both organic and conventional are in the poorhouse.  Vermont’s iconic dairy industry has been in an economic pinch for some time.  The prices farmers are paid for the milk they produce are well below the costs of production.  Until recently, organic dairy production has been an economic lifeline for many producers, but for the first time ever, organic prices have dropped as much as six dollars per hundredweight in the last few months.   Quotas have been imposed on organic milk production further lessening farmers’ income potential.  Stress levels on dairy farms continue to increase as farmers find they cannot pay their bills.