FARMS AND AGRICULTURE
Farms, farmers and agriculture are critically important threads of our societal fabric. Food security is and always has been a foundation for humanity and communities. The sacred act of farming, gardening and growing food on the land is an ancestral tradition that must be respected, promoted and supported at every turn.
Farmers should be able to thrive and build a successful business while growing and raising food which is locally sourced and increases the health of Vermonters and our environments. Prioritizing this foundation will continue to propel Vermont in the direction of food security and sustainable agricultural practices that serve the people and the land.
Vermont must remain an agricultural state that supports its farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders with the ultimate goal of being able to feed ourselves. This is a laudable goal which would obviously have monumental impacts on the health of people and the land. As stewards of ecosystems, farmers provide lifesaving and nourishing contributions which deserve the utmost respect and gratitude.
It is one of my highest priorities to solidify and expand Vermont's farming and agriculture sector so that the farmers, the people and environment can all thrive now and in the future.
I am a seasoned gardener and food grower. My family has an extensive veggie and fruit homestead which provides a substantial amount of our food for the year. My intimate relationship with growing food was greatly influenced during my undergraduate time at University of New Hampshire where I worked on the farms and in the greenhouse. I honestly do not know what I would do without a garden. Growing food is rooted in sacred traditions and feeding ourselves, families, communities is a vital basic necessity. I will always prioritize Vermont food security, farming and agriculture. Feeding people nourishing foods from healthy soils is essential to their overall wellness.
Farms, farmers and agriculture are some of the absolute, most important threads of our societal fabric. Food security is and always has been a foundation for our communities. As a nutritionist with a strong history and background in medical history, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of local food systems and working with Vermont farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and agriculture on the whole to ensure viable, sustainable food networks. Support, services, continuing education, and aid in all of it many forms must be available to maintain a steady food supply for local communities.
In my nutrition practice of the last 20 years, I have worked with many farmers and gardeners, and I am dedicated to building relationships between farmers and consumers. I am fully impressed with Vermonter's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to sustainable food production, feeding communities and developing systems to share harvests and high-quality food products throughout the state. It is absolutely amazing to see what the people are making happen in this state. I believe that if this compassionate and ingenious process can continue to evolve and be supported then Vermont is well on its way to becoming a sustainable, resilient and food secure state.
I am a back to the basics type of person. When we think of our bare necessities - food and clean water are high on the list. The sacred act of growing food on the land is an ancestral tradition that must be respected, promoted and supported at every turn.
I am completely dedicated, and it is one of my absolute highest priorities to solidify, ensure and expand Vermont's farming and agriculture sector so that the farmers, the people and our environments can all thrive. Farmers who may need assistance in transitioning to more sustainable practices should have full guidance and support to ensure a successful transition for their long-term success and ultimately that of Vermont as well. Vermont must remain an agricultural state and the ultimate goal would be that Vermont farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders could supply a high majority of the food we need in this state for Vermont residents. This is a laudable goal and would obviously have monumental impacts on the health of the people and the land. Farmers are some of our absolute best stewards and their work and lifesaving and nourishing contributions deserve massive respect and gratitude.
Fortunately, a number of Vermont farms are thriving and are in the midst of a renaissance, diversifying their operations and tapping into knowledge from the past. On the other hand, there are many farmers who are struggling for a multitude of reasons. These farmers deserve support and guidance in order to make changes that will allow their farming operation to both survive and thrive. Holding on to this sacred tradition of raising food is of utmost importance in the world today and always. For some of these farmers there were promises made by biotech and Big Ag which never came to fruition, leaving farmers to pick up the pieces and requiring extra support and guidance to work their way out of a no-win situation. I will work hard to make sure there are more opportunities for their situation and insights to be heard and acted upon under the Golden Dome.
For further information or to discuss any of the other factors or situations related to farming and agriculture in our state, please contact me anytime. I am so very grateful for Vermont farmers, gardeners and homesteaders. These practices are precious and must be revered for the role they play and their significance in the health and nourishment of the people and the land.