How To Build A Vibrant, Inclusive Food System From The Ground Up


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In this episode, Farmer D digs deep with Travis Marcotte, the Executive Director of the Intervale Center, who shares over 30 years of lessons learned, programs developed and partnerships forged that has helped cultivate a model local food system that is good for farmers, land and community. Rich in resources, ideas and inspiration this conversation explores ways to preserve farms near cities, make them accessible to all, honor the past and create a vision for a healthy future for Burlington, the State of Vermont, the US and beyond.
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Show Notes:

Intervale Center
Vermont Land Trust
Additional Resources:

Citizen Farmers Resources

Citizen Farmers Book


Co-Produced and Recorded by Daron Joffe and Ben Bernstein
Audio Editing by Sarah Milligan
Music by Ben Bernstein
About Farmer D:
Farmer D is a nationally recognized biodynamic farmer, designer, speaker, entrepreneur and educator.
He is the author of the acclaimed book "Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities and Give Back to the Earth" and has spent the past 25 years designing and building community farms and gardens all over the country.
Farmer D has worked on a wide range of public and private farm development projects ranging from residential “agrihood” communities like Serenbe and Rancho Mission Viejo to non-profit projects such as Coastal Roots Farm and Camp Twin Lakes.

About Travis Marcotte:
Travis Marcotte was born into a family of dairy farmers in Charlotte, Vermont. Prior to joining the Intervale Center, he worked in agriculture and community economic development in Central America and the Caribbean, where he focused on farm viability, food security and national policy in the agricultural sector. With a passion for working landscapes and a love of food, Travis deeply appreciates the opportunities and challenges that face our farms and our food system today. Since joining the Intervale Center over a decade ago, Travis has focused on the power of food to change the world. In 2010, Travis became Executive Director and directs his energy to deepening the Center’s impact, bringing our model to communities across North America and building a healthy, strong, and sustainable organization that reflects the values of the community food revolution.

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