News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Fresh farm produce. Is there anything better? That’s what the Vermont Foodbank concluded when it recently purchased a 20-acre farm in Warren to grow produce for needy Vermonters. On the menu are carrots, onions, and potatoes, said the Rutland Herald. The Barre-based food bank is hoping to eventually raise 150,000 pounds of fresh produce annual and distribute it locally and eventually around the state. But the purchase of the farm does more than provide food. It will prevent commercial development, preserve farmland, and revive the Kingsbury Farm as a working farm. The next round of funding is critical, so everyone is hopeful the balance of $270,000 can be raised by the end of December. “You’re saving on gas, cutting out the middle man, producing it as cheaply as possible, and it’ll give you the food you want, It’s a win-win situation,” said Ross Fraser, spokesman for America’s Second Harvest. I guess that’s like having your cake – or carrots in this case – and eating it too.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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