Dine Out for the Foodbank!

Vermont Restaurant Week begins today! Seven days of prix-fixe meals and fun special events, all to benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Participating Montpelier restos include Positive Pie 2, Skinny Pancake, Salt, and the Three Penny Taproom. Eat up!

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Positive Outlook: More than Pie

Vinny Petrarca, head chef at Positive Pie 2 in Montpelier, was a pleasure to interview for the Times Argus this week. He’s working hard to make sure the more-than-pizza offerings are fantastic…read more in today’s paper.

And remember that tonight is Art Walk in Montpelier, celebrating National Poetry Month and featuring the work of many Montpelier and Vermont poets – including a few from Main Street Middle School!

Food means Farms, Farms mean Land

Today’s Food & Farming issue of The Bridge (on newsstands now!) features interviews with and stories about individuals, small farmers and cooperatives who are working hard to eat, grow, produce, and market local food. Their efforts and the work of those like them are a big part of the reason Vermont’s direct-to-consumer food sales lead the nation.

A sometimes-unspoken component of our vibrant food and farm scene is the necessity of fertile, affordable land on which to produce food. An overwhelming majority of Vermonters believe that Vermont’s working landscape is closely tied to our future prosperity, according to a survey by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

To ensure that our working landscape remains working, and continues to support our vibrant food economy, the VCRD has founded the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership, a non-partisan and broad-based partnership to support local agriculture and forestry, grow and attract farm and forest entrepreneurs, and conserve Vermont’s Working Landscape far into the future.

Over 400 individuals and 150 organizations have already signed on to the Partnership. Learn more from the video: Vermont’s Working Landscape, Keeping it Vital, and consider supporting this very important initiative.