Monthly Archives: October 2009

School lunch looking up… at least in some places

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Think back to your hot lunch days in Elementary School. You probably saw a lot of chicken nuggets, wonder bread, and pre-packaged entrees. In Vermont, however, things now look like they may be changing for the better. Read about one school in Addison County here.

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Vermont farms can sell more raw milk

Legislation was passed this summer that enabled small farms to sell more raw milk (but under slightly tighter inspection rules). Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg was the first to go through the inspection process and start taking advantage of the new leeway. Read about her farm, her operation, and her critics here.

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South Woodstock owner wants $1.5M to stop slaughterhouse

Read the article in the Rutland Herald here.

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Help Needed!

Volunteer help is very much needed for two projects this week:

#1 – Helping the Elementary school students put on a Harvest Supper for the community (Anna needs extra hands at pretty much any time Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday)… tasks include cooking, decorating, veggie chopping, set-up, and clean-up. And you get to eat dinner with us! (It’s free and open to everyone).

#2 – Pies for People squash seed extraction. Some of you may remember Pies for People from last year (if you don’t, it’s an event where a bunch of community partners chip in to make pies for people in need). We’re doing it again this year… but on twice the scale! At some time on Wednesday, the folks down at Pete’s Greens are extracting seed from the squash we’ll use, and they need 3 volunteer helpers.

If you can participate in either of these events (even for a short amount of time!), PLEASE get in touch with Anna: aschulz@sterlingcollege.edu OR at meals Tuesday OR hanging out in the little office across from the copy room on 2nd floor Kane.

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture Launched

This week saw the launch of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a new research branch of the USDA. Tom Vilsack (US Secretary of Agriculture) got a few boos when he stood up for GMOs, but other than that, it seemed pretty well received. Here is what it’s all about.

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ASOP meeting THURSDAY this week

Due to the all-college work day tomorrow, this week’s A Sense of Plate meeting will happen during lunch on Thursday instead of Tuesday. If there are subjects you’d like to see on the agenda, please put them up them as a comment to this post.

The weekly menu will be up soon, we promise!

Oh – and this Saturday is redneck truck day at Shelburne Orchards. If you drive a truck to go pick apples, you can fill it up for $50.

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A Finger in Every Pie

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“Shelburne Orchards’ Nick Cowles build community one apple at a time”
Read what Seven Days’ Alice Levitt has to say about one of Vermont’s premier apple orchards.

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