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Beth Kanell’s article "Re-fresh & Re-invent: From dairy to grains with regenerative agriculture on the Gingue Farm," has been recognized for exemplary work in the Feature Story category by the National Federation of Press Women.

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Beth Kanell

A resident of Waterford, Beth has been writing features for the North Star Monthly for more than 15 years. Her work chronicling the people, places and history of the Northeast Kingdom has been top notch and accolades such as this are well-deserved. Beth began writing for Northeast Kingdom newspapers back 1978, she said, as a "girl reporter" for a Newport paper that sent her out on the mittens and newborn calves stories.

Last summer, author Denise Brown, of Lyndonville, asked Beth to step up for a judging slot for the New Mexico chapter of the National Federation of Press Women. While waiting for her assignment of 25 New Mexico articles to read and consider, she said, “I felt so pleased with my feature on Waterford's Gingue Family Farm that, just for the fun of it, I submitted it to another division of the NFPW professionals competition—the "at large" group, since Vermont doesn't have its own chapter. To me, the fascination of what Shawn and Sara Gingue are creating, bringing a grain farm to life on former dairy terrain, gives this article its high interest. It's terrific to realize that with this award, more readers across the country will have a chance to get excited about this farm family—and The North Star Monthly, too!”