Blog Archive

The Triangle of Development

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

A tool producers and distributors can use to inform the markets and scale of production they should pursue based on their stage of development. Thank you Ellen Kahler from Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund for explaining this concept to me on my independent project 5th day!   Triangle of Development_Batson



Models of Sustainability

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

Through our 5th days and in my work at the Agency of Agriculture, I can’t help but think of what would happen if non-profits and philanthropic organizations didn’t exist. Our food system would be much messier than it already is. While taking time to appreciate the role these organizations play, I also can’t help but think what could happen if the philanthropic money runs out–do we go back to a screwy food system motivated solely by profit margins? I propose that we generate ideas as  […]



FoodWorks Final Projects and Reflections

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

This week, students are posting representations of their local food challenge projects.  Back in July, they were tasked with deepening their understanding of a local food issue of their choosing.  Each student is presenting their findings in a five minute talk to their peers, that will or has been recorded and posted on the blog as their final installment. Well done, FoodWorks students!



A blog post about a blog (and gleaning)

Jul 30th, 2013 | By

For my FoodWorks internship, I’ve been coordinating the gleaning program for the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL). What is gleaning, you ask? Gleaning is the act of harvesting excess produce for donation. RAFFL partners with farmers, volunteers, and food service organizations to deliver fresh, local produce to those who need it in Rutland County. RAFFL practices three gleaning methods: collecting donations at the end of the Rutland Farmer’s Market, picking up bulk amounts of food directly from farms, and organizing volunteers to harvest  […]



Rural Farmers Role In Improving Food Access In Louisville

Jul 30th, 2013 | By

For my Independent Fifth Day, I wanted to experience the rural side of Kentucky. FoodWorks Louisville looks closely at the urban food system, while the Middlebury group is getting a well-rounded understanding of the rural food systems in Vermont. However, you cannot understand the urban food system in Louisville without looking at where that food is coming from in the countryside. I visited Barbour Farms in Hart County, Kentucky. The farm is owned by fourth generation African American farmers, with three generations of the Barbour  […]



Independent Fifth Day

Jul 30th, 2013 | By

My independent fifth day in Louisville most closely relates to ecology, but also ties in topics of sustainability and food safety. The health, natural and otherwise, of Foxhollow Farm (where I am employed this summer) depends primarily on soil quality and vitality. When this biodynamic farm was established in 2006, a large effort was successfully made–over time of course–to restore life to the soil, increasing quantities of microorganisms and nutrients that had been depleted during prior decades. Ann Curtis helped me to get in touch  […]



Learning to Homestead

Jul 30th, 2013 | By

My independent study most clearly relates to the topic of sustainability. I wanted to know how “sustainable” local can get. When we toss around the word Local, we could mean 80 miles away; we could mean the other side of the state. What would it mean to source locally on a micro-scale; what would it mean to cultivate products from the home, or just right outside? This idea is not so new. In 1977, Wendell Berry warned that Americans were loosing ownership over the process of  […]



Food Hubs

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

For my final presentation, I will talk about food hubs and distinguish between the different models of food hubs in Vermont. For a brief introduction, I added the images below. A basic infographic on how food hubs connect producers and consumers A map from the USDA of food hubs around the country



Independent Study

Jul 28th, 2013 | By

Independent Fifth Day Click on the link to see pictures and to read about my independent fifth day. My exploration addressed the theme of nutrition and education. Enjoy!   Jen



Multimedia food education

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

I most definitely see myself teaching in the future, at least in the short term. In about 2 weeks I start a job as a part-time instructor at a mobile kids’ cooking school in Denver, CO (while taking classes for grad school). This will involve supervising classes of students and campers of all ages throughout the city. I worked at a kids’ cooking school last summer, in NYC, but I expect this one to be quite different–we’re bringing the lessons directly to the classroom rather  […]