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Wild Oats Brings You Down on Mighty Food Farm

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Wild Oats Market is offering an opportunity to find out where your food comes from.

The market cooperative is planning a tour of Mighty Food Farm, a certified organic farm in Pownal, Vt., on Friday, Sept. 30, from 3 to 4:30. The Community Supported Sgriculture farm specializes in local and organic foods.

Lisa MacDougall and her crew will lead a tour of the farm's fields, barns, chickens, the CSA room and the high tunnel for growing winter CSA crops. It will conclude in the barn with cider and doughnuts and a short question-and-answer session with MacDougall, who has owned and operated Mighty Food Farm for five years.

Wild Oats purchases much of its organic produce from Mighty Food Farm, including eggplant, cabbage, carrots, melons, tomatoes, strawberries, kale, rainbow and Swiss chard, and more.

Anyone interested in learning more about organic farming in the Northeast or in visiting a small family farm is encouraged to attend. The tour is free but children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should meet at the farm at 3 p.m. It's about 8 miles north of Wild Oats and directions are available at the market's service desk or on the website.
     

College Offers Online Masters in Sustainable Food

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We've found a college course for locavores and local farmers that can be done right from home.

Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., has added a distance-learning master's degree in sustainable food systems to its offerings. Environmental studies dominate at this tiny liberal arts college in this very rural state so farming and sustainability seem a no-brainer.

According to a press release from the college, "over 30 undergraduate students already focus their academic work on food systems at the college. Four grants over the past three years totaling over $250,000 have enhanced facilities and supported faculty research capacity at the college's Cerridwen Farm and the adjoining Solar Harvest Center."

This will be the third online master's programs at the college, which added environmental studies and an MBA in sustainable business in 2006. The goal of the program is to investigate agriculture, environmental studies, businesses models and social forces and how they work together.

For more information, go to http://msfs.greenmtn.edu/.

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