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The “hourglass” problem of getting small-farm Vermont meat to Vermont consumers

"Freedom and Unity" for sustainable meat!: Kudos to reporter Kathryn Flagg and the Addison Independent for their two-part series on slaughterhouses in Vermont. Part II looks at the growing market for local meats, the challenges facing small meat producers, and the ways farmers are trying to make meat...

Learning by killing: Rainy-day musings on straw-bale coldframes

Vermont is finally getting a good dose of rain today, so I took the opportunity to come inside from the garden I'm responsible for as the kitchen/garden intern at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. It's time to get caught up on all of the things I've been neglecting since March. Entering the scribbles from...

The Compost Follies: Playing with garbage entails a steep learning curve

During dinner a couple weeks ago, a few of my fellow Yestermorrow interns and I started discussing emotions that stimulated learning. One person offered that he thinks frustration is useful for learning. I emphatically disagreed, saying that excitement was much more motivating than frustration. Either way,...

Winter, Shminter: Not Everything Sleeps when the Ground Freezes

I usually take a giant chill pill the months of January and February (ok, and maybe March too). I have never lived in a place without blizzards and tear-inducing wind chills. While that might be sad to folks who prefer equatorial breezes, I’ve generally enjoyed the cold times of the year as a season of rest...

In pursuit of a dream: Starting work at Yestermorrow

In 2008, as my husband and I traveled around the country and talked with friends about our dreams for the future, a couple people mentioned to us that we should really check out this school called Yestermorrow in Warren, Vermont. We stopped by and learned more about the internship programs in late August,...