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New England Cable News on Localvores starring Tara
Hamilton and son Noah Eckstein and farm Dave Hartshorn
The Farm Bill
What is all the ruckus about the five year farm bill and
why is it important?
Curious about why you should eat more local food???
Check out Mad River Valley Localvores Flo and Bill
Miller's video and you will find out why. And, vote for
it while you are there!
The Super Bowl Diet What would happen if you
ate all of the foods advertised on the 2007 Super Bowl?
2 1/2 Just released, this short animation
takes Leo and crew to an industrialized meat packing
The True Cost of Food A 15 minute animated
video that explains what a simple meal would really cost
if had to pay for all of the externalized costs
associated with producing, packaging, and transporting
Wars Animated short video about organic fruits
Animated short video about factory farms and feedlot
The Meatrix 2
Animated short video about factory dairy farming.
Beyond Organic: The Story of Polyface Farm
Joel Salatin speaking to Michael Pollan's class at the
University of California Berkley.
Krafted A short
film about genetically "Krafted" prepared foods.
Take a Pass on Chilean Sea Bass A short
animated film about the environmental issues created
with the high consumer demand for Chilean Sea Bass.
Raw Milk discussion on VPR's Vermont Edition.
Scroll down to August 28, 2007.
E.coli Scare with Marion Nestle and Joel Salatin on
the radio show On Point.
Dinner, An Author Considers the Source - Interview
with Michael Pollan on Fresh Air with Terry Gross
***This is a MUST listen to***
Omnivore's Dilemma - Interview with Michael Pollan
on Talk of the Nation (NPR)
Eat Locally, Spice Globally - Interview on VPR's
Morning Edition with Robin McDermott about
Learn more about The Chicken Event - Interview on
Anthony Polina's Equal Time Radio Show with George
Schenk, Connie Gaylord, and Robin McDermott about the
Extreme Eating in Time Magazine A humorous poke at
Localvores by a self-proclaimed distavore.
Relationship Farming by Joel Salatin Discusses
the important relationship on a farm between the soil,
the plants, the animals, the people, the community, and
Close to Home An article from the Land Trust
Alliance by Bill McKibben on how a few acres of
conserved land can help reduce global warming.
Localvores Manifest Article in the Times Argus
on Eating Local and the September Eat Local Challenges.
The 100-Mile Diet Article in The Nation on the
benefits of eating more locally. Added 09/07/2007
Wheat is Poised for a Comeback A great article
in the Time's Argus about the work being done by the UVM
Ag Extension on bringing wheat back to Vermont.
Watch Your Foodometer A great article in The
Nation that includes information asking about how far
"progress" has really taken us. Includes a great
video about the distance food travels and the cost of
Preserving Fossil Fuels and Nearby Farmlands by Eating
Locally The Localvores make it into the New York
Pig Out Editorial in the NYT about how, with some
fanfare, the world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield
Foods, recently announced that it intended to phase out
certain cages for its breeding females. Called gestation
crates, the cages virtually immobilize pigs during their
pregnancies in metal stalls so narrow they are unable to
turn around. This article suggests that is just
the first step to more humane treatment of animals being
raised for food. Don't read this if you still want
to have an appetite for factory farm pork.
Stalking the Vegetannual article in Orion by Barbara
Kingsolver on eating with the seasons. This is a
great article presenting the concept of seasonal eating
from a different angle - makes it hard to argue with.
Eating Better than Organic cover story of the March
12, 2007 issue of Time Magazine. Eating Local has
gone mainstream! Added
Unhappy Meals by Michael Pollan from the New York
Times Sunday Magazine. Added
of the Yummiest by Daniel Engber Should we buy
Michael Pollan's nutritional Darwinism?
Food to Stay by Gary Nabhan How a local food system
builds health and community wealth from YES! Magazine.
Eating Local 101 College cafeterias are
serving more local foods these days says this article
from the Baltimore Sun.
A dining critic could never truly be on vacation in
Vermont, where honest, local food is all around. An
article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the local
bounty in Vermont. 11/7/2006
The Organic Myth Article in business week that
challenges the current day notion of organic.
Features quotes from Jack Lazor of Butterworks farm in
Why solve the problem when you can apply a technological
band aid?? ARmark Authentication Technologies
their technology can help trace food back to its
original source (this would have been beneficial with
the e-coli spinach contamination issue in September
2006) by spraying tiny digestible markers tinier than
specks of dust, but that can hold up to 16 lines of
The Vegetable Industrial Complex An article by
Michael Pollan in the NYT Sunday Magazine reflecting on
the spinach-e.coli issue and his concerns about how the
government will solve the problem (see the article above
on ARmark Authentication Technologies for one ridiculous
or Organic? This article tackles the question
of which is better, local or organic as large chains
such as Wal-Mart are now hopping on the organic band
wagon. It also has some good links to other
Fossil Fuel for Breakfast - Just how much fossil
fuel was burned to deliver a 400 calorie breakfast to
your table? Great article that supports one of the
many reasons to eat more locally produced products.
Living on the Hundred Mile Diet - A series of
articles follows Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon as they
vow to eat and drink only food that was produced within
100 miles from their home in Vancover, BC. Among
their fascinating entries include
A Local Eating Rhapsody,
Why We Pay Too Little for Well-Traveled Food, and
Wanted, a Perfectly Local Chicken.
Globetrotting Food Will Travel Farther Than Ever This
Thanksgiving - Some statistics on how far food
Bill McKibben ate only locally produced foods during
the winter of 2005-2006 and wrote about his experience
in Gourmet Magazine, July 2005.
Food and the Future from Nature On-Line. An
series of articles focused on sustainable food.
How Local is Local? Linda Schneider reflects
on the amazing variety of food producers/resources on
just one five mile stretch of road in Hartland, VT.
From Farms to Frying Pan - the story of the
Diner and how to question where your food really is
Growing Your Own Food Can Be Profitable - An article
by Gene Logsdon about the huge savings you can realize
by growing your own food.
What Are You Buying When You are Buying Organic - If
you think that Organic farms mean small scale mom and
pop operations better think again.
Everything I Want to Do is Illegal - A great article
written by Joel Salatin for Acres Magazine in 2003
highlighting numerous activities (farm and other) that
you would think should be a right in a free society, yet
are restricted by government regulations and laws that
are supposed to "protect" us.
Sustaining Vision - A great introduction to pioneer
farmer Joel Salatin. This article is by Michael
Pollan and was in Gourmet Magazine a few years back.
Vermont Farmers lead the Organic Movement - article
in the Montpelier Times-Argus about how Vermont Dairy
farmers are converting to organic milk to generate more
revenue from their farms.
The Vermont Localvore Movement - Article on from the
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by
Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopps and Camille
Kingsolver (HarperCollins, May 2007). A popular novelist
chronicles her family's attempt "to buy only food raised
in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn
to live without it." Bestselling author Barbara
Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative
that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old
truth: You are what you eat.
Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating
Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon (the
100-mile diet people!)
Review by Robin....I thought that this book was really
good. I have read just about all of the books on
eating locally and although I expected more of the same,
this book was easy to read because the writing is really
good and you really appreciate what these folks
attempted to do for a year. They were much more
devout than Barbara Kingsolver and made a lot of great
connections with the folks who fed them.
Cows and Hog Heaven by Joel Salatin Billed as
the food buyers guide to farm friendly food, it goes
without saying that "farm friendly" is local.
This is the book that inspired George Schenk to hold the
Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. In this
groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating,
original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous
mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what
we should have for dinner. The surprising answers Pollan
offers to the simple question posed by this book have
profound political, economic, psychological, and even
moral implications for all of us.
Seedkeepers of Crescentville a novel by Jeanne
Prevett Sable. Fay Rezendes returns to her home
town of Crescentville, Vermont with her spirited young
daughter to heal from an ailing marriage. Crops grown in
the uniquely-situated farming town seem immune to the
genetic contamination sweeping the globe, until a
marketing blitz by the regional director of the world's
leading biotech seed and chemical corporation threatens
to change everything. When the beloved little girl is
stricken with a mysterious illness, the community
rallies in a desperate attempt to safeguard their
children and preserve the heirloom crops and old time
breeds that have become the town's hallmark. Is it too
late? And how hard must they fight?
Coming Home to Eat by Gary Paul Nabhan The
Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods. A
celebration of food and culture with a social
conscience, in the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher and
Frances Moore Lappé.
Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers
by Ed Smith. Local doesn't get much closer than
home! Even if you can't have a garden for whatever
reason, Ed, a Vermonter from the Northeast Kingdom, will
show you how to grow many different types of vegetables
right in a self-watering container.
Full Moon Feast
by Jessica Prentice. Accomplished chef and
passionate food activist Jessica Prentice champions
locally grown, humanely raised foods and traditional
The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved by Sandor
Katz. In The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved,
author Sandor Ellix Katz (Wild Fermentation, Chelsea
Green 2003) profiles grassroots activists who are taking
on Big Food, creating meaningful alternatives, and
challenging the way many Americans think about food.
Hey! It is a book about us!!! This book will
be available on October 1, 2006.
Mad Sheep by Linda Faillace. The page-turning
account of a government cover-up, corporate greed, and a
courageous family’s fight to save their Vermont sheep
farm. This book will be available on September 15,
Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by
Jane Goodall. This book takes readers through the
early history of agriculture, through the mismanagement
of crop farming to today's genetically modified foods
and the horrors of today's factory farms. On a smaller
scale, Dr. Goodall focuses on choices that can be made
at an individual level.
Soil - Sweet Soil shares the stories of four family
farms, a natural foods store committed to supporting
them, and a community’s passion for fresh, local food.
Set to a toe-tapping, fiddle-driven soundtrack by local
musicians, Sweet Soil captures the spectacular autumnal
beauty of the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts
at harvest time.
The Future of Food - THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an
in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind
the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods
that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for
the past decade.
Food for the Future - FOOD FOR THE FUTURE tells the
story of the founding of the pioneering Floyd Boulevard
Local Foods Market - the first farmers market in the
nation to exclusively sell humanely raised animal
products and organic/chemical free produce.
What Will We Eat - The Search for Healthy Local
Food" tells the story of the growing failure of the
industrial food system and how a grassroots coalition of
small farmers and consumers is inventing a healthy,
humane, homegrown alternative.
Up - About 70% of the food we eat contains
genetically modified ingredients and is not labeled. The
biotechnology industry is spending $50 million a year to
convince us that this technology is our only hope for
feeding the world and saving the environment. Family
farmers are disappearing at an astonishing rate as
people continue to go hungry both here and abroad. Toxic
agricultural chemicals continue to poison our air, food
and water and put farm workers in serious danger. What's
a person to do?
The Global Banquet - The video examines the ethical
questions at the heart of the globalization debate and
shows what farmers, laborers, environmentalists, animal
rights activists, church groups and students, here and
in the developing world, are doing to address the
Chef's a 'Field
- While this is a departure from the other films listed,
these are great half hour shows from the PBS cooking
series that featured the relationship between chefs and
farmers. The first episode of the second year
featured American Flatbread, Eastman Long's Maple Syrup,
and Hadley Gaylord's sausage.
Soylent Green - Another departure, but an
interesting discussion starter. The classic 1973
science fiction movie, set in the year 2022, depicts a
future dystopia, a Malthusian catastrophe that takes
place because humanity has failed to pursue sustainable
development and has not halted population growth. Global
warming, air and water pollution have produced a
year-round heatwave. Food and fuel resources are scarce,
housing is dilapidated and overcrowded, and widespread
government-sponsored euthanasia is encouraged as a means
of reducing overpopulation. Charlton Heston plays Robert
Thorn, a New York City police detective, investigating
the suspicious murder of William R. Simonson (Joseph
Cotten), a former member of the board of the Soylent
Corporation. Thorn's roommate is Sol Roth (Edward G.
Robinson), a onetime college professor who is an elderly
police researcher. Robin's husband Ray gets credit
for digging this one up from the past!
Land, Bread, and History:
A Research Report on the Potential for Food
Self-Sufficiency in Vermont
- Check out their April 2006 issue dedicated to
sustainable food in Vermont.
Rural Vermont Advocating
for economic justice for family farms. Rural
Vermont was largely responsible for the passage of the
Vermont "Chicken Bill."
Vital Communities - The original incubator for the
Vermont/New Hampshire Localvore movement.
Rootswork - A
not-for-profit organization in the Mad River Valley
dedicated to the promotion of sustainable agriculture
and sustainable communities.
Whole Communities - a not-for-profit organization in
the Mad River Valley dedicated to building stronger
connections between people, land, and community.
Consumers Association - A wealth of information.
Association - founded in 1998 to provide educational
opportunities about Vermont agriculture to the public.
An easy to use, searchable directory of member farms.
NOFA-VT - The
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
- The Action Coalition for Media Education. An
organization dedicated to teaching media education:
knowledge, skills, and activism. Scroll down to
Morpheus the Cow for their Food For Thought document -
rich in resource information.
Slow Food USA
Institute - Vermont Earth Institute educates and
supports Vermonters to reduce consumption and adopt
environmentally sustainable practices in their homes,
workplaces and communities.
Food Miles - learn all about food miles and get the
formula to calculate how far your food has travelled.
Food Dude Chef Tim Cipriano doesn't work in a
fancy restaurant. Instead he has dedicated himself
to sharing his knowledge about food with kids. As
the Food Service Director for Bloomfield, CT Public
Schools. Chef Tim is an active participant in the CT
Farm to School Program. He is actively searching for new
ways to increase the use of locally procured products
into the schools.
Farm Fresh Rhode
Island Traveling to Rhode Island? Here
is a great website to find local, farm-fresh food in the
Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project
This is a totally cool website! The Michigan State
University Library and the MSU Museum have partnered to
create an online collection of some of the most
influential and important American cookbooks from the
late 18th to early 20th century. The goal of this
project is to make these materials available to a wider
audience. Digital images of the pages of each cookbook
are available as well as full-text transcriptions and
the ability to search within the books, across the
collection, in order to find specific information.
The Dinner Hour
- A weekly radio show on WMRW-LP (95.1 FM in the Mad
River Valley) that focuses on fresh, local, and healthy
Polyface Farm - Innovative farmer Joel Salatin's
The Grace Factory
Farm Project - Educational Information on Factory
Eating Well Guide - Information on sources of
sustainable/local food sources throughout the US.
Has a directory of local food sources as well as great
articles forcused on buying locally produced food.
Table - What an amazing resource chocked full of
information, facts, and ideas to support sustainable
Mile Diet - When the average North American sits
down to eat, each ingredient has typically traveled at
least 1,500 miles—call it "the SUV diet." On the first
day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon
chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a
simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or
gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of
their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.
This website chronicles their journey and also provide
- While not exactly "local" every now and then you just
need some good fish or seafood. This site has a
great directory of all kinds of fish and seafood that
provides detailed information on how eco- and
health-friendly the seafood selection is.
Groups (as of May 2007 - please call
Robin McDermott 496-3567 with updates if info is
The Originals - the
Locavores of the San Francisco Bay area.
Valley Eat Local
carpentercoker at yahoo.com
Michael Douglass DeCandia
mdecandi at uvm.edu
Helen Labun Jordan
Solutions (Brattleboro area)
Eat Local (NH)
seacoasteatlocal at gmail.com
Kingdom Localvores (St. Johnsbury area)
village_greens at yahoo.com
Brookfield (VT) Localvores
Springfield (VT) Localvores