Monthly Archives: June 2017

Fair Trade Labeling Makes its Way onto U.S. Products

By Sharon Palmer Until recently, the Fair Trade label was only seen on products from farms outside the United States. That all changed when Wholesum Harvest, a family-owned farm located in Nogales, Arizona, was certified by Fair Trade USA. Fair … Continue reading

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How Dirty Is Sustainable Agriculture?

By Hal Hamilton The Sustainable Food Lab Despite the title, this blog post is not about sex, unless we consider the teeming reproductive activity of billions of micro-organisms in every tablespoon of fertile soil. I’m writing for those who wonder … Continue reading

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UVM Alumna Helen Labun Looks to Shape the Future of the Vermont Fresh Network

Helen Labun, UVM G’06, is experienced in everything from managing agriculture programs to freelance food writing to running a Montpelier restaurant. Now the Newbury, Vermont, native is the new executive director of the Vermont Fresh Network, an organization that connects Vermont … Continue reading

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Urban Farming in Singapore Shows Promise for Civic Agriculture

By Sophie Johnson Rooftop farms are popping up across Singapore, a city-state home to over 5 million people. Among the Asian mega-city’s skyscrapers, urban farmers are beginning to cultivate crops, including tomatoes, eggplant, spearmint, basil, sorrel, tomatillos, and lemons. Comcrop, … Continue reading

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Farm Tours Improve Public Trust of Dairy for First Time Visitors

By Laura Hardie  On a sunny Saturday morning, cicadas buzzed in a nearby field, and the smell of sweet pancakes filled the air. Young children laughed as newly born calves tested out their wobbly legs and gave them salty kisses, … Continue reading

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