Archive for the ‘Local Words’ Category

USDA grant provides for NEK Food System Plan Update

Posted: September 16, 2014

On Friday, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, Krysta Harden, visited Vermont. She was hosted by Ted Brady, our State Director of USDA Rural Development, and when we met her, she was at Intervale Community Farm, learning more from Travis and Andy about the Intervale Center and the Burlington area’s passion for farming [...]

Save the Date! A Harvest of Words – Local Authors’ Reading in Hardwick, Vermont

Posted: November 13, 2012

For Immediate Release Save the Date! A Harvest of Words – Local Authors’ Reading in Hardwick, VTHardwick, VT, November 8, 2012 –Say good-bye to stick season and prepare for the coming snow with our annual gathering of agricultural authors and producers who will read original works on Friday, December 7th, at 6:30pm at the Center for an Agricultural Economy, 21 Mill Street, Hardwick, Vermont. Join [...]

Sweet Heart

Posted: July 25, 2012

This short was created for the Green Mountain Film Festival by a few local high school students with their friends and families, and won the GM 48 Hour Film Slam 2012 .  Enjoy!  .

Local Words: “Spring = Crazy” on a Diversified Vermont Farm

Posted: May 25, 2012

Ah, it has been awhile since we’ve posted Local Words for you! Spring is busy. Busy with us here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy as we wrap up spring and ramp up for summer and busy at the Vermont Food Venture as we continue to welcome new clients, plan new workshops and get [...]

When One Door Closes…

Posted: April 23, 2012

With the rains and flooding from Tropical Store Irene on August 28, 2012, we lost the Hardwick Community Garden to the Lamoille River. It was dispiriting to see all the hard work over the past few years disappear with the topsoil, vegetables and flowers only to be replaced with silt, sand and rocks. Just months [...]

Local Words: Town Meeting

Posted: March 21, 2012

Another week and another post of Local Words! Paige Wierikko, our Program Intern here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy, wrote a narrative earlier this month when she attended her first Town Meeting in Vermont. Although Paige was there to observe the tradition of “direct democracy”, her essay for us reflects on the community [...]

Local Words: A “Dating” Service for Food Producers

Posted: March 21, 2012

Annie Rowell is the Center for an Agricultural Economy‘s Farm-to-Institution Program Associate and began working for us last summer shortly after her graduation from Middlebury College. A multi-generation Vermonter, Annie has been the driving force behind our pilot Farm-to-Institution program at the Vermont Food Venture Center, funded by the John Merck Foundation and the Vermont Agricultural [...]

Local Words: Farming and Writing in Vermont

Posted: March 14, 2012

Julia Shipley, a writer and farmer, has been the co-organizer of our Local Author Reads event for the past two years. Julia is a 2010-2011 recipient of the Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and is completing a “manuscript of braided essays about small scale agriculture”. Her essay below, originally appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of [...]

Local Words: Living and Working in the NEK

Posted: March 7, 2012

Here’s a blog post by a young lady who moved to the area last year, after working both in NYC and on small, northeast farms. A fine cook, a good farmer and an excellent writer, Annie Myers shares her love for food and soil on her blog, Thoughts On the Table. This story is an affectionate [...]

Food and Farms: Stories, Essays, Poems and more

Posted: February 23, 2012

Living in Vermont, you can’t help but come across a good story now and again. Or for that matter, a poem, an essay, a random blog post… The rural and agrarian culture of our State has given up a beautifully rich harvest (pun intended) of written words that celebrates the joy, tragedy, sweat and satisfaction [...]