Part-time farming

The role that small and part-time farms have in Vermont’s agriculture economy, and how backyard farming helps maintainthe state’s agricultural identity.

Connecting farms with restaurants

The farm to to-table movement has some ardent supporters across the country, and particularly in this region. We talk with nationally renowned chef Dan Barber and with Tristan Toleno, chef of the Riverview Cafe in Brattleboro, about the role of restuarants in a local food economy.

Rain, rain, rain

Record rains and storm damage have been THE story of this summer’s weather. We talk with weather watchers about the storms and rainfall we’ve experienced, and the impact of that rain on farms and crops.

Midday Newscast: June 30, 2008

New reason for concern about families stuggling to pay for their basic needs; fuel prices are on the minds of Vermont’s congressional delegation; environmental group says VANR has failed to control large farm pollution; Anthony Pollina  attacks Gov. Jim Douglas for cutting the state work force.

Midday Newscast: May 30, 2008

Vermont farm fields could one day be planted in hemp; Vermont’s state economist says it’s official: the state is now in a recession; A new report says Vermont’s the second-best place in America to raise children, even if it does have high health care costs; A new law will require photoelectric smoke detectors to be installed in every home in Vermont.

Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s

We talk with two Vermonters – a medical researcher and a reporter – about the cutting edge work underway to understand and treat memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease. We’ll also hear from farmers about the difficult loss when a farm animal dies unexpectedly.