Claire Kremen on the Necessity of Agroecology

Claire KremenClaire Kremen is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley, and co-directs the Center for Diversified Farming Systems and the Berkeley Food Institute at the University of California.

Kremen will be a keynote speaker at the UVM Food Systems Summit on June 16-17.  We talked to her about organic farming, native pollinators, and her work in the rainforest on the Masoala Peninsula. Continue reading

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Raj Patel on Gender Inequity in the Food System

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Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa.

Patel will be a keynote speaker at the UVM Food Systems Summit on June 16-17.  We talked to him about gender displacement in the food system, the World Bank, and the Generation Food project. Continue reading

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Meet UVM’s Farmer Training Dream Team

By Susie Walsh Daloz

Together they have almost 40 years of farming experience, three degrees from UVM, and an incredible wealth of knowledge in how to produce amazing food, foster healthy communities, and have fun even when the work is hard.

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Rachel Stievater (pictured above, right) is the new Catamount Farm Manager for UVM, and S’ra DeSantis (left) is the new Program Coordinator for the UVM Farmer Training Program. Read on to find out about their farming heroes and why they are still in love with farming after all these years. Continue reading

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Soil Health: Why You Should Worship the Ground You Walk On

By Lynn Zanardi Blevins

It can be hard to get excited about soil this time of year. I can see my cross-country skiing season come to an end and my mud room is, well, just that. Soil often doesn’t get the credit it deserves for its life-supporting functions, but the 2015 International Year of Soils aims to turn that around by “increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.”

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Global Food, Local Food:  Farmers from Africa and Asia bring new crops to Vermont

By Cheryl Herrick

A new publication is changing perceptions about what constitutes “local” and what the picture of a Vermont farmer might be. Global Food, Local Food: Guide to Growing, Harvesting & Preserving African & Asian Crops in the Northeast is a publication of the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s New American Farmer Project and the New Farms for New Americans program of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV).

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African Eggplant Saved for Seeds. Credit: Jenny Brown
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