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Dr. Vandana Shiva visits Vermont
In early November, Cedar Circle Farm had the privilege of hosting the internationally renowned environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva. We had met Dr. Shiva several times before at conferences and meetings that focus on organic agriculture’s contribution to reversing climate chaos.
While in New York at the Peoples’ Climate March in September, she offered to spend a few days with us here in Vermont to help support the grassroots’ efforts on GMO labeling. In addition to a visit to Cedar Circle Farm, Dr. Shiva spoke in Burlington and at the Vermont Law School.
The video posted here is her speech in Burlington. The topic was Food System Transformation and Reversing the Climate Crisis: How Vermont’s GMO labeling law is part of the solution.
Get inspired: both of Dr. Vandana Shiva’s talks are worth checking out!
Passing our new GMO labeling was a huge success, but it is by no means over. The new law is being challenged in court by the big food industry. Your continued support in this fight is essential. You can keep up to date on all the latest developments by visiting the Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition online.
[ Kate Duesterberg | 2014 November 25 ]
Short film from NOFA-VT and Vermont Organic Farmers, called Organic Matters, featuring Cedar Circle Farm and other Vermont farmers telling their stories – about why organic matters to them, to their land, and to their customers.
[ NOFA-VT and Vermont Organic Farmers | 2014 July 24 ]
At Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, the bulk of the strawberry patches are covered in blossoms, said Cat Buxton, who manages the education programs at the farm. Like other farms, Buxton said she expects to have pick-your-own strawberries available by late June.
[ Valley News | 2014 June 7 ]
We’re thrilled to have a guest blog by Will Allen and Kate Duesterberg of Cedar Circle Farm in Vermont. Will and Kate were instrumental in the recent win for GMO labeling in Vermont. We asked Will and Kate to tell us how Vermonters came together to get it done
[ Farm Aid Blog | 2014 May 21 ]
After labeling legislation failed to move in 2011, Will Allen, manager of Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center in Thetford, said he realized Vermont needed a more refined bill similar to those that were then in the works in California and Washington. In 2012, he pulled together four groups to form the Vermont Right to Know Coalition to work on passing a labeling bill.
Those groups — Cedar Circle Farm, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and Rural Vermont — have stuck together for three years. Unlike many such coalitions, Allen said, this one worked.
“It’s not that we didn’t have disagreements,” Allen said, but, “I think everybody believed we could do it.”
[ Burlington Free Press | 2014 May 1 ]
While H.112 has been proven to be “fully defensible in court”, Vermont legislators are scrambling to deflect a perceived lawsuit. In this article published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Common Dreams, Cedar Circle Farm co-managers, Will Allen and Kate Duesterberg, lay out the ‘trigger strategy’ as “just another way for state legislators to avoid direct confrontation with corporate bullies…” more…
NOTE: On February 7 the Senate Agriculture Committee passed H.112 out of committee without a trigger. Next stop is the Senate Judiciary Committee.
[ Common Dreams | 2014 February 10 ]
In December, 2013 The War on Bugs book, written by Will Allen, was reviewed in the CAFE journal of the American Anthropological Association “… a highly useful book for under-graduate classes and for scholars seeking to develop new ideas and critical perspectives on the history of current issues in agriculture.” More . . .
[ Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment Vol. 35, No. 2 December 2013 | 2014 January 13 ]
Andrew carnegie had a vision: a public library in every community. Will Allen, manager of Cedar Circle Farm, has a similar dream: an organic farm in every community. He firmly believes that if we eat better food, we will be healthier, live longer, and begin to heal the planet.
[ Vermont Magazine | 2013 October 26 ]
By Ben Conarck Valley News Staff Writer Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (Published in print: Wednesday, August 21, 2013)
Hanover — Farmers from both sides of the Connecticut River crowded Alumni Hall Tuesday afternoon to share concerns about proposed federal food safety rules that could end up requiring weekly tests of water used for irrigation and changing the ways farmers spread manure on their crop fields…
Will Allen, of Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, questioned the numbers provided by the FDA estimating the number of foodborne illnesses each year. “The real issue is that you don’t have good numbers to start with and you don’t have any numbers about what the states are really doing or causing in terms of foodborne illness,” Allen said. “What, for example, is the incidence of foodborne illness on small farms in Vermont, or New Hampshire, or Massachusetts? Do you even know that?”
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[ Valley News | 2013 August 22 ]
Cody McKinstry, 5, of Thetford, wrinkled his nose at the fresh garden roll-ups with lemon tamari dipping sauce. “I like that, though!” the incoming kindergartner exclaimed, pointing to the nasturtium pesto he piled on Wheat Thins.
McKinstry was one of more than two dozen people who gathered last Wednesday morning for Thetford Elementary’s 5th annual School Garden Cooking (and eating) Party, a community celebration of the gardens and the hard work that yielded the vegetal bounty.
By Katie Jickling, Valley News Correspondent
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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[ Valley News | 2013 July 25 ]