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GMC professors weighs in on ethics in agriculture
POULTNEY - An article by Green Mountain College's professor Philip Ackerman-Leist recently appeared in The Pacific Standard. He wrote about the irony that one of the country's leading environmental liberal arts institutions became the target of an international animal rights campaign. "Green Mountain College is not only focused on sustainability and the ethics of agriculture and eating, but we are also working hard to help rebuild our local and regional food systems," he explained.
Ackerman-Leist, author of the recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems, has been invited to contribute to the blog Landscapes for People, Food and Nature. He discusses how to use "Foodsheds" as analytical tools to describe the systems to support food security and access within a given geographical area, but also a means by which to explore the gaps and frailties of the region.

Education bench-marks, aid
BENSON - Benson Village School is among the numerous schools across the state that recently received notice from the Vermont Agency of Education that it is a school in need of improvement based on student performance according to the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores from 2012. Although Benson did make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in all categories for Reading, it did not do so in Mathematics.
Families that qualify for free school lunches for their children, are also eligible for free tutorial services through Supplemental Educational Services (SES). To take advantage of these services, speak with the appropriate school officials no later than Oct. 1, 2013; the services become available again in January 2014.

Lani's weekly calendar picks
Thursday, Aug. 29 - School starts at Fair Haven Union High for 10th through 12th graders. Ninth graders began the day before.
Farmers markets: Poultney, Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street (call 325-3205). West Pawlet, Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Fish & Game Club building, 2849 VT Rt. 153. Wells, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wells Country Store, on Route 30.