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The complicated legacy of Vermont's 'poor farms'

How should a community care for people who are struggling financially, or living on the margins? It’s a question Vermont has been trying to answer for more than 200 years. For a while, the answer was poor farms.

Brave Little State explored the local legacy of so-called "poor farms" or "town farms" in a recent episode. Liz Gauffeau, a fiction writer and poet from Nottingham, New Hampshire, also joined Vermont Edition to discuss her forthcoming novel, which is based on the closure of Vermont’s last poor farm in 1968.

Broadcast live on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.