Family Grateful to Be First Generation Farmers

By Laura Hardie

Shaun Riordan and his wife Lauren, owners of Grateful Morning Dairy in Shaftsbury, aren’t your traditional dairy farmers. They didn’t grow up on farms, or have backgrounds in agriculture. Shaun was a special education teacher before becoming a farmer, and Lauren is a midwife.

“We knew we wanted to involve agriculture in our life in some way. We were always looking for a way to do that,” Shaun says. “Education is a job you can do anywhere and so the thought was I could work in education and live in a rural area and have a small farm someday.”


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The Gilfeather Turnip: Vermont’s Newly Crowned State Vegetable

By Melissa Pasanen
Vermont Life Magazine

“The Gilfeather Turnip Cookbook” makes no excuses for its lead character: “It is not a beautiful vegetable,” the first line plainly states.

But what this heirloom Brassica lacks in beauty, it makes up for in fame and sweetness—at least in comparison with most other turnips. The humble root earned a berth in Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste for outstanding taste and historical merit and was recently crowned Vermont state vegetable, thanks to enthusiastic lobbying by elementary school students from its town of origin.


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Marion Nestle: Where Does Local Food Go From Here?

Marion Nestle offers insight into what’s happened in the local food movement over the past 15 years. In a piece published this week in Edible Communities (celebrating its 15th year), the renowned author, blogger, and NYU professor weighs in on how the local food movement has gained traction since 2002.


Photo by Bill Hayes

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VT Dinners Gives Frozen Food a Local Twist

By Helen Labun Jordan
Local Banquet

“I unabashedly describe myself as a local food advocate,” wrote Marlboro College student Nathaniel Brooks in 2015, as he was launching his new business. “I see re-localizing our food system as a key lever for shifting our culture away from its current path toward one of greater interconnection, mindfulness, and sustainability.”

And what better way to do that than through… TV dinners? Or as Nathaniel rewrote the phrase when his business began, “VT Dinners”—frozen meals made with local ingredients.


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Kristof Grina ’12 Converts Unused Rooftops into Thriving Spaces

By Dorothy Neagle
Good Food Jobs

Up Top Acres operates rooftop organic, soil-based farms throughout the Washington, D.C metro region. As co-founder and farm director, UVM alumnus Kristof Grina ’12 oversees all aspects of the operation, from initial installation to the harvest and distribution of produce. Kristof talked to the team at Good Food Jobs about his work.


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