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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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Organic Farming’s Deep Roots in Soil

By Maddie Monty Lady Eve Balfour was an early pioneer of organic farming. Born in the U.K. in 1898, she bought her first farm in 1919 and in 1939 launched The Haughley Experiment, the first long-term comparative study of organic … Continue reading

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How the Back-to-the-Land Movement Helped Propel Demand for Organic Food

Kate Daloz grew up in a geodesic dome in Glover and lived a rural, do-it-yourself lifestyle with her family. Her counterculture parents, who left Cambridge to flee the trappings of post-war America, found solace in raising a family in the … Continue reading

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Refugee Farmers Set Down Roots, Honor Traditions in Vermont

By Amy Overstreet Rwanda native Janine Ndagijimana, her husband Faustine and their children moved to Burlington, Vermont in 2007 after living in a refugee camp in Tanzania for 13 years. Now a U.S. citizen, she works closely with Ben Waterman, … Continue reading

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Jack Lazor: The Real Deal

You know him for his delicious Butterworks yogurt. You might even know him as the man behind increased local grain products in Vermont — dry beans, oats, and the corn that makes the locally distilled Early Riser Corn Whiskey. But … Continue reading

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