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The Awakening | A young Vermonter sees the family business 
in a new light

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Entrepreneurs, Taste of the Landscape

This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Vermont Life magazine. To enjoy more Vermont stories and photographs each quarter, consider subscribing to Vermont Life.

Editor’s Note: Maddie Baughman, an 18-year-old senior at Harwood Union High School, was asked as part of her college application process to write about “an event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.” Though never intended for publication, her essay came to our attention at Vermont Life, and, with Baughman’s permission, we chose to share it with our readers. 

Click play to hear the author read her essay.

By Maddie Baughman

Many 13-year-olds are mortified if their parents so much as get out of the car to pick them up from soccer practice. After all, parents ruin the illusion of independence. When I was 13, my dad would pull up in a 25,000-pound, iguana-green hook truck, filled to the brim with foul smelling, steaming cow manure. As much as I tried to pretend that my parents were mere accessories to my independent life,

Maddie Baughman at her family business, Grow Compost, in Moretown. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur.

Maddie Baughman at her family business, Grow Compost, in Moretown. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur.

 

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Farms, Food and Feeding the World | Vermont High School Students Tackle Food Issues in Summer Institute

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

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VTC agronomy professor Sosten Lungu explains to Governor’s Institute Food, Farms and Your Future participants how a combination of compost application and cover crops can reduce the amount of synthetic fertilizers needed to grow corn.

On a recent summer day, under a scorching blue sky, 15 Vermont high school students rotated between stations on Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus in an activity named, “Follow the Carbon.”

In the fields of the college’s market garden, the teenagers pulled carrots to chomp on and dug up plant samples. They learned how growing cover crops like clover and soy, and applying compost can build carbon naturally and help reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers.

At another station, they used stethoscopes to listen to the sound of a cow’s rumen doing its work, then toured the campus bio-digester, which uses bacteria to break down organic matter including farm and food waste. It then captures the methane that is produced to provide power for the college campus. “We do in one month what it takes a cow to do in a day,” VTC professor Joan Richmond-Hall noted, directly linking to the animal “bio-digester” which they had just heard in action.

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Web Extras: Watch as Mary Lake Shears a Sheep

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Web Exclusives

In our Autumn 2013 issue, we have a piece called “Youth Exodus?” (page 34) in which we explore whether young peopler are really leaving the state for other opportunities. One of the young women interviewed for the story is Mary Lake, who has made a career out of sheep shearing and meat cutting. Watch her here as she expertly shears a sheep. Video by Vermont Life Food Editor Melissa Pasanen.

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