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Building a Healthy Food System in Rural America

By David Goodman, "Foodtopia," July/August 2009

How a handful of organic farmers, world-class cheesemakers and a locavore restaurant transformed Hardwick, Vermont—a poor, rural town—into a foodie mecca.


READER'S COMMENT:
"An inspiring article by the always-inspiring David Goodman. Thanks for running it. Jules Older, San Francisco, CA "
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Really enjoyed this article. The VT model should be used by other states (like my state of TN) to help promote local food suppliers and create food tourism. TN and many other states have a 40% obesity rate and far too much fast food availability. Thanks to resources such as Localtable,net and picktnproducts.org, there's a small and growing locavore food movement. Good jobs and healthy citizens are a great thing!

Timothy Latz, Liberty, TN

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 3:36pm

I was so glad to read your article on Vermont's Farms I pray that more states will follow their example since we so desperately need healthy food. Perhaps you can do an article on Community Gardening, I would like to know how to start one in our community. Growing your own food gives people pride in themselves. Thank You

Lilly Benefield, Cordes Lakes, AZ

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 3:36pm

I also want to state that this article is 'right on' as far as what people should be doing and eating. We have become unhealthy due to the corn products feed to ourlivestock and all the antibiotics and pesticides placed in our crops. In my area, there is no farmer's market and the majority of my produce comes from Chile. How very sad. I have my own garden due to this problem and am happy to grow much of what I desire. I appreciate you for running this article.

Lucy M. Hauber, Cherry Valley, CA

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 3:36pm

An inspiring article by the always-inspiring David Goodman. Thanks for running it.

Jules Older, San Francisco, CA

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 3:37pm

I agree with Timothy's comment that this model should be used by other states. But I was surprised by the statement that the northeast corner of Vermont is "one of the poorest rural regions in America" when the median household income is $42,000 (and the cost of living index is 88.2). By comparison, the median household income in Middlesborough, Kentucky is $22,000 with a cost of living index of 80.9. If I am correct, the median income in Middlesborough would have to be about $39,000 to be comparable to Hardwick, Vermont. I wonder if an extremely poor region can sustain local food production, if it takes a $50,000 investment to start a restaurant and entrees still cost $9 and up.

Berna Dutson, Cumberland Gap, TN

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09/01/2009 - 3:37pm



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