I already had a soft spot for Tom Stearns, president of High Mowing Seeds, a participant in the Renewing America’s Food Traditions project–he has infectious energy and great ideas for revitalizing local agriculture. And sometimes, Pete’s Greens show up in a market here in Boston–grower Pete Johnson’s season-extending skills mean we can have Vermont greens in Boston in December. Oh, and Bayley Hazen blue cheese from nearby  Jasper Hill Farm…in terms of building functional, thriving local food systems, Vermont’s got it going on.

And, as reported by the New York Times, they’re organized, too!