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Farm Tours during Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

Local farms open for tours on Strolling of the Heifers Weekend Sunday, June 9 — 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Strolling of the Heifers has partnered with six special farms in the Brattleboro area to offer this year’s Stroll Weekend Farm Tour on Sunday, June 9 Each of these farms has something unique to […]

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser at Monadnock Food Co-op

Monadnock Food Co-op Hosts Ice Cream Social Fundraiser To Benefit the Monadnock Localvores

KEENE, NH – The Monadnock Food Co-op and Walpole Creamery will host an Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Monadnock Localvores Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Camp Scholarship Program that offers financial […]

Do We Have a Quorum?

Slide 23 from Common Ground: The Circle of Life presentation by Cat Buxton.

Jessie Haas

Soil is mysterious. We have identified only about 5% of soil micro-organisms, which means we have no idea what we’re doing when we garden, farm, or build. But we’re learning.

Recently, soil scientist Christine Jones introduced the idea of […]

The Gift of Life, Again

Image: Ben Fulton

David Fried

Here in the north country of Vermont, winter with its swirls of snow and deep chunks of ice can have us wondering when will life begin again? The trees sway back and forth in the winds, and you can hear them cracking and popping on the coldest nights, cells […]

Solar Panels on Agricultural Land

Sheep graze below solar panels. Photo: Merrill Smith, U.S. Department of Energy.

George Harvey

In April, two reports on the use of solar panels on agricultural land appeared almost simultaneously. One was a press release from Fraunhofer ISE, “Agrophotovoltaics: High Harvesting Yield in Hot Summer of 2018” (Fraunhofer report). The […]

Please DO Eat the Dandelions

Dandelions are an important early food source for bees in the springtime. Image: Jo from Pixabay via Wikimedia Commons.

George Harvey

When I was about four years old, I visited my grandfather’s house in Kansas. One of the various things I remember about that trip was watching as he did yard work. […]

Climate Change Being Fueled By Soil Damage

An article at BBC News said there is three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere, but that carbon is being released by deforestation and poor farming. This is both fueling climate change and reducing our ability to feed the growing population. Problems include soils being eroded, compacted by machinery, […]

Healthy Soils Legislation Helps Green New Deal

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Seth Itzkan, Steven Keleti, and Karl Thidemann

Congressional Democrats have offered an ambitious legislative framework for 2019. Titled the Green New Deal, it seeks to tackle impending climate threats while generating innovative opportunities in the energy, transportation, and agricultural sectors. The Green New Deal includes support of soil health. Between 50% to […]

Monadnock Food Co-op Announces 2019 Farm Fund Grant Recipients

The Monadnock Food Co-op announces three grant recipients for the 2019 Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund: Sun Moon Farm of Rindge, Archway Farm of Keene, and Bascom Farm of Charlestown. Since starting in 2017, the Farm Fund has awarded over $32,000 in grants to nine local farms.

The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund, created in […]

Grass-Fed Dairy Initiative

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Jessie Haas

When UVM agronomic and soils specialist Heather Darby initiated a study of twenty grass-fed dairy farms three years ago, there were 130 of them nationwide. This year she is heading a study of all grass-fed dairies, and there are now 500. The effort is funded by a $1 million grant […]