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Monadnock Food Co-op Hosts CSA Farm Fair

A free Monadnock Region CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair will take place at the Monadnock Food Co-op cafe on Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seven area CSA farmers will set up informational tables and answer questions about their farms and CSA memberships.

Although each local CSA farm is unique and […]

Reforestation Versus Biomass

Hapgood Pond Recreation Area of the Green Mountain National Forest. USDA photo.

George Harvey

Through reforestation, we can draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO₂). We can also use wood from the forests to heat our homes. The question is, can we do both of these things at the same time?

One […]

Good Viburnums

American highbush cranberry in Johnson, VT. Photo courtesy David Fried

David Fried

Walking up the dirt road in Johnson, Vermont the other day, I came across glowing red berries in clusters all over the stems of a large bush. I tasted some. Wow. Sour, but good. Would be very fine in a cranberry sauce. […]

Revisiting Sustainable-Sugaring Operations

George Harvey

Five years have gone by since the Green Energy Times’ article “Sustainable Sugaring” appeared (http://bit.ly/GET-sugaring). We felt it was time to reconnect with some of the people we interviewed and see how they are doing, especially regarding their sustainability efforts.

Silloway Maple’s 17.5-kW rooftop solar on their sugar […]

Addressing Food Waste in Schools

Food Connects Launches Program to Address Food Waste in Schools [BRATTLEBORO, VT] Thanks to a two-year $55,550 grant from the Claneil Foundation, Food Connects will increase support to child nutrition professionals, and their school partners, to reduce food waste and increase food access. In a single year, K–12 schools in the US throw out […]

Supporting Local Agriculture with Worms

This is a Red Wiggler (E. fetida) worm depositing a cocoon. Red Wigglers have yellow tails. All photos courtesy Ben Goldberg

Ben Goldberg

In our quest to live more sustainably, composting with worms (vermi-composting) is one thing we can easily do that supports our efforts in a number of ways. This article will touch […]

Something About Red

Red oak leaves. Photos courtesy of David Fried.

David Fried

There is something about red. The color. You don’t see it out in nature much in winter or spring. Sometimes you may catch a glimpse of the red berries of highbush cranberry or winterberry or the stems of red osier […]

Reclaiming Urine as Fertilizer

Application at a local farm. images courtesy of Rich Earth Institute.

Julia Cavicchi

The Rich Earth Institute is reclaiming urine as a precious resource. From their base in Brattleboro, Vermont, they have developed a novel approach to pee, diverting it out of the waste stream and returning it to the environment as fertilizer. Through […]

Rock Stars

A rose grows in the rocks. Image: Navah Fried.

David Fried

What gives plants the strength to grow through so many obstacles? What gives people the strength to go on day after day doing their work in the world?

I have been noticing the strength of plants lately. By the ocean, I saw some […]

Solar Power and Farming Work Together Beautifully

Test of solar over crops. Image courtesy of the Fraunhofer Institute.

We have seen a number of studies from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany that look into combining solar power and agriculture on the same land. They show that some crops, such as hay, can be grown as well under solar panels […]