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How to Make a Million Dollars Farming

How to Make a Million Dollars Farming

by John O’Brien I used to advertise myself, in the movie business, as “the only filmmaker in America who can shear a sheep and milk a cow.” It was a catchy line, but was probably not a fact. When dairy farmer and filmmaker George Woodard was a pup, did he ever shear a sheep?  I don’t […]

Hunger in Vermont: Plenty of Food, but Still Falling Short

by Nat Frothingham In putting together this “Food and Farming” issue, The Bridge talked with three people on the front lines of the current effort to address local hunger problems. These three people are:  Judy Stermer, director of communications with the Vermont Foodbank; Joseph Kiefer, food justice consultant; and Justin Turcotte, chef at the Montpelier […]

Caring for the Community with Montpelier Rotary’s Backpack Program

Caring for the Community with Montpelier Rotary’s Backpack Program

by Michelle A.L. Singer What does a bagful of instant oatmeal, tuna fish, peanut butter, orange juice, milk, tomato soup, breakfast bars, beef stew, corn, mac and cheese, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a bar of soap mean to you? If you are one of the 1-in-5 kids in America, including in Vermont, who live in […]

Restoration Planned for Old Labor Hall Bakery

by Carolyn Shapiro I have recently volunteered to head up the campaign for a project developed by the Barre Historical Society to restore a wood-fired bakery built by Italian granite workers in 1913. The bakery, a brick building, located behind the Old Labor Hall at 46 Granite St. was originally known as the Union Cooperative Store […]

Living in a World of Maple

Living in a World of Maple

by Bette Lambert Welcome to my world. As a child, at sugaring time on our farm, I shared the thrills of riding on the gathering sled, clutching the edge of the strainer to stay on, as the bulldozer lurched over hummocks in the sugarwoods. When the sap tank was full, we were apt to be […]

Mayfest Takes Shape For the First Weekend in May

by Ashley Witzenberger   Over the years Montpelier has become the place to be the first weekend in May. Downtown will be bustling with folks getting outside to enjoy time as a community after a long winter. This year will be no different. When the Montpelier Business Association made a list of all of the […]

Capital City Farmer’s Market Moves Outside

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Nothing says summer Saturday in Montpelier like the Capital City Farmer’s Market when it moves outside. And this year some new vendors have signed on to join a long list of favorites. Bubbling over with enthusiasm for the event was Carolyn Grodinsky, manager of the market when speaking with The […]

Pioneering Farmers Are Reinventing Vermont Agriculture

Pioneering Farmers Are Reinventing Vermont Agriculture

by Nancy Humphrey Case I’ve traveled around Vermont for the past seven years visiting farms of all kinds and sizes and I have written about them for Vermont Magazine. I chatted with Gary Davis of Jericho, up starting at 3 a.m. and not likely to get to bed before 9 p.m., while he milked his […]

Barre Farmer’s Market to Open May 16

Barre Farmer’s Market to Open May 16

by Carla Occaso BARRE — The farmer’s market is returning to the Vermont Granite Museum beginning Saturday, May 16. This location was a new place last year after previously being located at the lawn beside the “Youth Triumphant” statue at the intersection of Routes 14 and 302 on Thursdays. But last year they switched to […]

Up Close with Major Jackson, Poet

Up Close with Major Jackson, Poet

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — At the very moment when the April 2 issue of The Bridge is going to press — poet Major Jackson will be kicking off PoemCity 2015 with a presentation and reading at the Vermont State House. Not to worry if you have missed out on the State House event because […]