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Posted: April 2, 2014

We are thrilled to introduce our newest member of the Center for an Ag Economy team: Bethany Dunbar! You might know her from her long time work at the Chronicle, or from her book, Kingdom’s Bounty. We are very excited that she will be working with us part-time, on projects such as our Growing Your Own with the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, our Atkins Field planning process, and more!

Want to learn more about Bethany?  She comes to the Center for an Agricultural Economy with a background of 11 years in dairy farming with Jersey cows as a member of the Cabot cooperative, and more than 20 years of award-winning writing and photography featuring farmers and food issues.  Bethany grew up in Craftsbury and studied at the University of Vermont and Lyndon State College.  She is also the managing editor of the Chronicle weekly newspaper based in Barton.  She has worked at the Hardwick Gazette and is a regular contributor to Country Folks, a regional agricultural magazine based in New York.  She is the author of Kingdom’s Bounty, a Sustainable, Edible, Eclectic Guide to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, a guide to finding the best local food, farms and businesses in the area.  She has followed issues of farm and food economics, health and justice since 1986 when she traveled to St. Louis to the United Farmer and Rancher Congress funded by Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid project.  She is the mother of two adult children, Tristan and Katie, and lives with her partner Jim Bowes who is an environmental consultant with the Johnson Company in Montpelier.  She enjoys gardening, horseback riding, skiing, hiking and is learning how to play to banjo! Let’s hope we can get her out at the Farmer’s Market, strumming and playing a tune when the weather warms up!


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