Rooted in Vermont: Uniting all Vermonters around Local Food

By Rachel Carter
Communications Director, Vermont Farm to Plate Network

Vermonters were farming, gardening, fishing, and hunting long before there were craft beers and gourmet burgers. Traditions like gardening, hunting, fishing, and foraging are as core to Vermont’s local food movement as purchasing local food from farmers, restaurants, schools, and stores. Rooted in Vermont is a grassroots movement that empowers all Vermonters to be a part of the local food movement.

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UVM Students Receive James Beard Foundation Scholarships

Two UVM students are recipients of a prestigious scholarship from the James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program, which awards $20,000 scholarships to ten students across the United States.

Alisha Utter is a doctoral student in Plant and Soil Science is developing a research project working with farmers while at the same time establishing her own farm. Olivia Peña is an incoming master’s student in the Food Systems Graduate Program, who plans to work in food and agriculture policy.

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New UVM Study: Health Insurance Costs Threaten Farm Viability

By Jeff Wakefield
UVM Communications

According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study, lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most significant concerns facing American farmers, an overlooked risk factor that affects their ability to run a successful enterprise.

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Green Mountain Girls Farm Mentors UVM Students and Alumni

Along the backroads of the small town of Northfield is Green Mountain Girls Farm, where Laura Olsen UVM ’92 and Mari Omland grow vegetables, raise pigs and turkeys, host farm stays, and run a popular farm stand.

This summer, Analiese Morvan, a Northfield native and incoming first-year UVM student, and Rose Thackeray, UVM ’17, of Warren, are working at the farm, learning everything from harvesting vegetables to caring for livestock.

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Green Mountain Girls Farm owner Laura Olsen, left, with incoming UVM student Analiese Morvan and recent graduate Rose Thackeray.

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UVM Is: Ernesto Mendez Embracing the Agroecology Movement

Agroecology is finding a mainstream audience in the world of international food and agricultural policy. For Professor Ernesto Méndez, that’s good news.

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