Addison Independent: Farmers ask state to extend slaughter law

April 11, 2016 | Full Article MONTPELIER — Two food producers from Starksboro spent the day away from their farms on March 30 with a group of other young farmers to meet privately with legislators and provide testimony before the House and Senate agriculture committees. Over 40 participating farmers shared the unique challenges they face, Continue Reading

Brattleboro Reformer: Slaughter rule: Farmers meet with legislators

04/01/2016 Full Press Release Farmers of all ages traveled to the Vermont State House Wednesday to participate in Small Farm Action Day, an event organized by grass-roots advocacy group Rural Vermont and co-hosted by the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition. Traveling from as far as Bennington and Caledonia counties, small-scale farmers spent the day away from Continue Reading

Rutland Herald LTE: Small farms need our support

By Kate Bowen Full Letter March 23,2016 To the editor: My name is Kate Bowen and my family owns a small diversified farm in Putney that sells meat, hay, sap, and forest products. Last month, I participated in Rural Vermont’s Small Farm Action Day at the Vermont statehouse and had the privilege to share our Continue Reading

New York Times: Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids

By KENNETH CHANG February 15, 2016 Full Article Organic meat and milk differ markedly from their conventionally produced counterparts in measures of certain nutrients, a review of scientific studies reported on Tuesday. In particular, levels of omega-3 fatty acids, beneficial for lowering the risk of heart disease, were 50 percent higher in the organic versions. Continue Reading

FTCLDF: Q&A on the PRIME Act with Joel Salatin

By Farm-to-Consumer October 30, 2015 Full Interview What follows is derived from a recent exchange between Joel Salatin and a reporter writing on the PRIME Act. Passage of the PRIME Act (the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act—H.R. 3187) by Congress would give states the option to allow the sale of custom-slaughtered and -processed Continue Reading

Seven Days: The Life, Death and Afterlife of a Vermont Steer

By Alice Levitt March 24, 2015 Full Article On a day in early February, Charlie stuck close to home in Plainfield, munching on hay just downhill from where Highland cattle lolled their fuzzy, square heads. He doesn’t like to be far from his mom, Janet Steward, who owns Shat Acres Farm and Greenfield Highland Beef Continue Reading