Vermont Almanac is an annual 288-page, 7×10-inch book. Our first volume was published in December 2020; volume two will be out in December 2021.
The Almanac is organized by month, and provides a year’s worth of stories, data, illustrations, and photography. Each beautifully bound edition records the prior year’s weather, trends in agriculture, changes in the forest, and developments in the rural economy. In this sense, Vermont Almanac frames time: when you’re wondering what year the forest tent caterpillar infestation was, or if deer season 2020 was the snowy one or the mild one, you’ll have a record to consult. But each volume does more than look back; it also introduces readers to the people who inspire hope for the future of the land we all share. The farmers, loggers, conservationists, homesteaders, scientists, hunters – in short, the “doers” – who are preserving and pioneering a rural way of life in an increasingly urbanized culture.
Our goal is for Vermont Almanac to bring together the many individuals and organizations in Vermont whose mission and purpose falls within the land ethic we live by – one that combines economic vitality with environmental stewardship and the values of rural life. We believe that Vermont Almanac is a publication that could (and should) have existed a century ago. We’re proud to have brought the concept to life for those living and working in Vermont today.
Vermont Almanac is produced by For the Land Publishing, a non-profit. Our founding members — Virginia Barlow, Dave Mance III, Amy Peberdy, and Patrick White — hail from different parts of Vermont and together have many decades of professional experience in forestry and farming, and nearly equal experience in publishing. Formerly, we were the founders, editors, and administrators of Northern Woodlands magazine. We have reunited out of our mutual desire to share “stories from and for the land,” believing they will be appreciated by others who share our belief that economic vitality and environmental sustainability do not need to be at odds in our rural state — that, in fact, the two are dependent on one another.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marjorie Ryerson, President
Trevor Mance, Vice President
Chuck Wooster, Secretary
BEHIND THE SCENES
Lisa Cadieux, John Douglas, Chris Doyle, Marian Cawley, Giom, Lora Marchand, John Tiholiz, Joan Waltermire, Tamara White