Monthly Archives: February 2010

Two fun food events coming up this weekend!

SATURDAY, FEB. 27:

Applecheek Farm Localvore Dinner – Catered by JDC: 5:30pm at the Community Hall at Applecheek Farm

Come for Live Music and a delicious local feast by chef Jason Clark!  Visit www.applecheekfarm.com to see a menu and more details.

SATURDAY, FEB. 27:

Eating Close to Home – Localvores take it to the next level: 10 am – Noon at Catamount Arts (139 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, Vermont)

The story of three NEK residents who are exploring regional food through season extension with root cellars; extreme gardening and permaculture; and extending CSA boundaries  (Community Supported Agriculture) with local meat and dairy.  Suggested donation $5 per person.  Child care available ages 3 and older. Must pre-register for child care by calling Michelle at 802-751-8507. For more event details stjlocalfoodalliance.org or Ted Hartman at 802-748-1772.

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A Sense of Plate Meeting today!

We’ll meet in the CRC during lunch.  Join us!

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Local? Sustainable? Both? Neither?

In a recent letter to Roger Albee, secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, one former dairy farmer wrote the following: “’Sustainable’ does not mean having the determination to lower costs in a difficult economy in order to farm. Ventilated animal housing, manure conversion into methane and heat exchangers for energy efficiency and by-product feeding are not examples of ‘sustainable’ agriculture let alone ‘totally green.’ They are examples of the efficiencies that expanding, conventional dairy farmers have been deploying for three decades to boost milk production and put their neighbors out of business, which is exactly the formula for low milk prices, resource degradation, farm attrition and lake pollution.”

How can we make “local” and “sustainable” more synonymous?  Can we even do that?  What about environmental sustainability vs. economical sustainability? Here in Vermont, we tend to believe that if food comes from our own state, it’s better to eat, it’s better for the economy, and it’s better for the environment.  While that is certainly true sometimes, it’s not always the case.  Click here to read the rest of James Maroney, Jr.’s letter to Secretary Albee.

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A glance at another college’s food sourcing

Harvard and Sterling may not have a lot in common, but both do have many students that like to try to eat sustainably and, as a result, both hold periodic “sustainable dinners.”  Take a look at where Harvard manages to find some of its food when trying to eat as sustainably as possible.

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Vermont leads the way in Farm-to-School

Sharon Elementary School was just featured on ABC News for their great farm-to-school program.  Congrats to them for taking the initiative and paving the way for other schools to follow.  Read a little about what they’re doing here.

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USDA to drop NAIS

Today the Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary, announced that the government will be abandoning their National Animal Identification System program.  This program had been widely criticized as unfair to small farmers who saw it as prohibitive to their ability make a living.

According to Vilsack, the USDA will begin “a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability in the United States, and undertake several other actions to further strengthen [its] disease prevention and response capabilities.”

Vilsack recently went on a listening tour around the US and found a strong resistance to NAIS. He then stated that the USDA would “revise the prior policy and offer a new approach to animal disease traceability with changes that respond directly to the feedback we heard.”

*photo from http://www.nonais.org

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Ever been to a Souper Bowl?

Take a look: Mad River Localvore’s Souper Bowl

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