By Jeffrey Wakefield
In the spring of 2017, early in his tenure as director of UVM Extension, Chuck Ross got a long voicemail message from a farmer and culinary tourism advocate in Pontiac, Quebec named David Gillespie. Did Vermont have any interest, Gillespie wanted to know, in being part of an international culinary trail he was helping create that connected Quebec, Ontario and the Adirondack region of New York State?
UVM Extension director Chuck Ross (right) speaks with William Amos, a member of the House of Commons from Pontiac, Quebec, at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Ross and members of delegations from New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario stopped at the Canadian seat of government to talk about a developing international culinary trail connecting the four regions. (Photo: Sarah Tichunok)