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).

African Eggplant Saved for Seeds Jenny Brown
African Eggplant Saved for Seeds. Credit: Jenny Brown
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Sneak Peek of the 2015 Food Systems Summit

food_systems_summit_buttonOn June 16-17, scholars, students, farmers, and food systems leaders will converge at UVM for the fourth annual UVM Food Systems Summit: “The Right to Food: Power, Policy, and Politics in the 21st Century.”

Many of us here at UVM have spent the past weeks and months designing and planning the Summit, in collaboration with our visionary partners at Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. This post offers a sneak peek of what the 2015 Summit has in store.

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Digging In: New book from UVM faculty takes a critical look at food systems

FoodFarmsandCommunityUVM Extension faculty members Lisa Chase and Vern Grubinger recently co-authored Food, Farms, and Community: Exploring Food Systems. In this post, we ask them about the writing experience and what they hope readers will glean from the book.

Lisa Chase will be at Phoenix Books in Burlington this Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. for a book discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Food Feed: Why did you feel called to write this book?

Lisa: Vern and I started talking about the idea of this book several years ago. Because our work requires us to travel all over the state, we end up driving a lot, and it was during those drives that we began talking about the importance of sharing the stories behind Vermont’s working landscape. As we got into the writing, we realized the need for a book that looks critically at food systems nationwide.

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Transplants: The value of a garden in an uprooted life (Transplantes: El valor de un jardín en una vida desarraigada)

By the Huertas team

Huerta: a kitchen garden where one can cultivate and harvest produce, herbs, and flowers

Huertas is a community-based project that works with Latino(a) farm workers to plant gardens on the dairy farms where they live and work. In 2014, Huertas supported the planting of 31 household gardens. In this blog post, a participant of three years shares her experience with the project. This post is published in Spanish and English.

Huertas es un programa, apoyado por la comunidad, que trabaja con migrantes latino/a y sus familias a sembrar un jardín en los ranchos (lecherías) donde trabajan y viven. En 2014, Huertas apoyó en  la siembra del 31 jardines de casa. En este blog, una participante de 3 años comparte su experiencia con el proyecto. Este blog se publica en Español y en Inglés.


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