A few years ago, commentator Mary Barrosse Schwartz and her family started small-scale farming to produce their own food. Since then, they’ve learned how to do dozens of chores – and how not to do others.
This week during All Things Considered, VPR commentators are joining in a station-wide effort to reflect on how we can help each other make it through hard times. Community identity seems to be an important factor, and writer-commentator Mary Barrosse Schwartz marvels that while it may have been lost in many other places, a sense of community is apparently alive and well in Vermont.
Commentator Mary Barrosse Schwartz is a policy and communications consultant – and a part time farmer. She and her husband raise much of their own food, but their son enjoys an occasional school lunch. So the recent meat recall – much of it intended for use in Vermont schools – felt just too close for comfort.