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  • Greener Pastures
  • Greener Pastures

    How do you keep young people down on the farm? With a bit of incentive
    Everyone knows farming entails backbreaking labor. But in the 21st century, Vermont's "working landscape" itself deserves overtime pay, because there's a lot less of…

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  • Attention, Shoppers
  • Attention, Shoppers

    An unofficial guide to the Burlington area's organic aisles
    Twenty years ago, Vermonters who wanted wheat germ, local eggs or organic lemons went to the nearest small, hippie-run food cooperative — and it was…

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  • A Cut Above
  • A Cut Above

    A former meat inspector revives one of Vermont's last remaining slaughterhouses
    There were 30 slaughterhouses in Vermont when Carl Cushing first started working as a state meat inspector. Three decades later, only seven remain. So, on…

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  • Buzz Kill?
  • Buzz Kill?

    Local beer makers are in a lather over the rising price of hops
    Dollar drafts may be a thing of the past. That's because hops and barley, the two agricultural cornerstones of beer production, have seen price hikes…

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  • Spare a Share?

    Is community-supported agriculture a victim of its own success?
    It's not often there's good "bad" news in the world of local farming, but that seems to be the case for farms practicing community-supported agriculture.…

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  • All in the Delivery

    How Vermont's Black River Produce pioneered the local-food movement
    Diners at good Vermont restaurants have come to expect menus featuring fresh radicchio or local broccoli rabe. But the eating options haven't always been so…

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  • Pete's Eats

    The Localvore latest: a winter CSA
    Folks who hate running to the store in the winter will love Pete's Greens' new "Good Eats" CSA share. While the basic version of the…

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  • Soy Story

    Vermont Soy Company
    Lactose-intolerant localvores will have something to be thankful for in November. Andrew Meyer and Todd Pinkham of the Vermont Soy Company in Hardwick plan to…

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  • Big Cheese

    Greensboro's Jaspar Hill Farm finds a whey
    It's tempting to attribute the success of Jasper Hill Farm cheese to the source: a happy herd of Greensboro grass-eating Ayrshire cattle. But sometimes good…

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  • Going for the Kill

    With slaughterhouses disappearing, Vermont meat producers are barely hanging on
    Vermont gets a lot of mileage from its happy Holstein image. As a symbol, it rightly makes the connection between the state's agricultural economy and…

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  • Got Milked?

    Who is skimming all the profits out of dairy farming?
    It's 5 a.m. on a recent summer day and the sky is a crisp, pale, predawn blue. At a gourmet organic produce farm in Greensboro,…

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  • Growth Industry

    Small Farmers bring new life to the Green Mountain State
    It's 5 a.m. on a recent summer day and the sky is a crisp, pale, predawn blue. At a gourmet organic produce farm in Greensboro,…

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