by Tara Kelly
Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) is excited to launch this new weekly feature. You can find this article published on Tuesdays in the Rutland Herald and right here shortly after.
Since 2004, RAFFL has been working on community, farming, and food issues in southwestern Vermont. We are the leading nonprofit helping to build a resilient local food system in the Rutland region – one in which fresh, healthy produce from local farms is readily available to all.
RAFFL helps community members find local food through public awareness efforts including our annual Locally Grown Guide. We help expand the number of people able to take advantage of the fresh, nutritious farm products in our region through programs such as Everyday Chef, Farm to Workplace, and Grow a Row (food rescue and gleaning).
RAFFL helps new and existing farms meet their production and marketing goals, find access to land, and connect to important resources that will help them carry out their love of farming by building a solid foundation for the business side of their operations.
In collaboration with statewide partners, RAFFL is helping to conserve Vermont’s working landscapes for future generations.
Building off Kris Smith’s successful column… RAFFL will be using this space to highlight happenings in the local farm and food scene all around the region. You can expect to find in-depth profiles of area farms, exploration of topics related to how food moves from farm fields to dinner plates, and highlights from area farmers markets and other places where local farm products are highlighted. We will share ideas for incorporating local products into your meals at home and where the best kept secrets are for hard-to-find, unique or new twists on local food products. Regular writers of this column will include myself, Steve Peters, Elizabeth Theriault and Lindsay Arbuckle with periodic guests – perhaps even the occasional appearance by Kris!
If you have an idea for a topic, place to visit, or farm to feature… please let us know by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our office at 802-417-1528.
Enjoy the bounty of the harvest!
Tara is the Executive Director of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link.
Originally published in the Rutland Herald.