Wondering where our state and federal candidates for office stand on critical food and farming issues? As the November election nears, here are our suggested questions for the candidates.
At the Rally in the Valley, there will be a tractor cavalcade, some speechifying, pizza from the NOFA-VT oven, food from the Skinny Pancake, and music. NOFA-VT will be filming the event to share as testimony at the NOSB meeting in St. Louis and renowned organic farmer Eliot Coleman from Maine will be joining us as well as Congressman Peter Welch and Senator Patrick Leahy! Senator Leahy has been a long-time advocate of soil-based organic farming and this will be our chance to thank him for his many years of hard work maintaining the integrity of the National Organic Program.
NOFA Vermont advocates for policies that strengthen our food system by supporting sustainable farming practices, improving economic opportunities for farmers, and expanding access to local and organic foods for all Vermonters.
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Op-ed published in VT Digger by Jack Lazor, co-owner of Butterworks Farm, a certified organic dairy operation in Westfield, VT
As next Tuesday's Vermont primary election nears, Vermonters should know where our candidates stand on critical food and farming policy issues. Contact your candidates for state and federal office and find out their views on local food systems, water quality, genetic engineering, climate change, and more.
Photos from 2015's 1st Annual Farmer Olympics (courtesy NOFA-VT) »
Vermont farms welcome the public into the field to dig into the local agricultural economy
NOFA-VT is partnering with the Winooski and St. Johnsbury Farmers Markets and the local summer meals sites in July to offer free weekend meals at the farmers markets.
If you’ve attended the annual Winter Conference at the UVM campus, then you’ve probably seen Enid Wonnacott happily tending her beloved pizza oven, warmed by her ski cap and whatever heat emanates from the fire within the oven’s blackened dome. Since everyone stops by for a slice of fortification on the way to or from a workshop, Enid can spend the day reconnecting with friends new and old.
Last Friday on the Statehouse lawn, people from all over Vermont gathered to celebrate the effective date of Act 120 – our state’s landmark GMO food labeling law that has, as one headline put it, “brought the food industry to its knees.” The celebration, under a beautiful blue sky, was reminiscent of the May afternoon just over two years ago when, on those same steps, Act 120 was signed into law.
Currently Vermont employs mainly annual cropping systems and pasture management techniques throughout the state. They are the primary source of human food and the primary source of concentrated feed for livestock. These techniques include cover cropping and crop rotation and have very low to low rates of sequestration. Organic and agroecological approaches to annual cropping sequester carbon at a higher rate and have low to medium rates of sequestration, and it has been shown that organic production systems generally have higher soil organic carbon than conventional/chemical systems.
Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED, a collaboration of Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT) will host its second annual Northeast Farm to School Institute, a year-long learning opportunity for schools to advance their initiatives in food, farm, and nutrition education while serving local products in cafeterias.