Monthly Archives: April 2014

From Finance to Farming, and Never Looking Back

Mike Proia walked away from the finance world to pursue his dream of becoming a farmer. The Connecticut native was working full time as a senior bond trader at Cigna Investment Management when he realized he needed to change gears … Continue reading

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The Psychology (and Politics) of Food Labels

Yesterday, April 23, 2014, the Vermont legislature passed the nation’s first “no strings attached” GMO labeling bill. The “no strings attached” stipulation means passage is not dependent on whether other states pass similar bills; Vermont will go it alone. The legislation would … Continue reading

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Recipe: Italian Easter Pie

Italian Easter Pie (Torta Pasqualina) is a traditional savory dish from the northern regions of Italy that incorporates eggs, cheese, and spinach in celebration of the return of spring. In the late 1800s, Vermont’s marble and granite industries attracted Italians … Continue reading

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Eating the Invaders

By Joe Roman About a decade ago, I was standing on the shore of Penobscot Bay in Maine. It was a typical New England scene: lobster boats headed out to their pots, a harbor seal bobbed in the swell, a … Continue reading

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Does Local Purchasing Count? The economics of food system localization

Vermont is seen as a national leader in efforts to use local and regional food systems as an instrument of sustainable community and economic development. Our Farm to Plate Initiative is notable for its legislative backing, broad buy in, and … Continue reading

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