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Monadnock Food Co-op Announces Third Year of Farm Fund: Supporting Sustainable Local Food Production

Applications due February 1, 2019 KEENE, NH – The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund program, a partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, is now accepting applications from local farmers. Currently, in its third year, the fund has supported seven farms in our region. This year, the Farm Fund will award up to $18,000 […]

November 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

“America’s 10 Most Eco-Friendly Ski Resorts” • To find out which US ski resorts are leading environmentally, we asked sustainability experts from organizations like Protect Our Winters, the National Ski Areas Association, and Stoke Certified for their picks. Here are ten winter resorts that are truly making their impacts. [Outside Magazine]

Sugarbush […]

DIY Carbon Sponge: Try This At Home

Image: Wikipedia

Jessie Haas

Taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and storing it in the soil carbon sponge is a beautiful concept but can just anybody do it? Yes. If you work with any size parcel of land, you can do it directly. If you don’t, your choices as an individual can help. […]

October 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

“Utility-Scale Solar Project Powers Up In West Maui” • Maui’s second utility-scale solar project, Ku’ia Solar in West Maui, is online and supplying power to Maui Electric Co, the utility said. The project can supply up to 2.87 MW of power. MECO is paying 11.06¢/kWh for its energy, compared to 17¢/kWh for energy […]

The Solar-Powered Circle of Life

Illustration of the benefits of the Soil Carbon Sponge versus the negative feedback loops of bare compacted soil. Image courtesy Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition.

By Jessie Haas

“Plants manage water, and in managing water, they manage heat,“ according to Australian agricultural pioneer Peter Andrews. This has been born out […]

Up in the Treetops, It’s Plum Good Pickin’

An up close view of the plum orchard, from on top of the ladder at Elmore Roots Nursery. By Gabriel Tempesta.

By David Fried

There is magic in the treetops. For once, I have the birds’ eye view. There are hundreds of them. Red plums are turning purple in the late afternoon sunlight. I […]

Saffron and Solar Farms

A Win/Win for the Environment and Agriculture

Crocus flower; red threads are the stigmas, which when dried become saffron, worth $20 per gram. The yellow stamens and purple petals are used for dye and other purposes. Photo: I.T. Jansen-Lonnquist.

Margaret Skinner

The University of Vermont researchers who demonstrated that saffron could be profitably grown […]

Cover Crops Help Farmers Stand Up for Clean Water

Farm along the Connecticut River. Runoff from chemicals like Round-Up®, with known carcinogens, run off into the river wreaking havoc on the environment and are threats to human and wildlife health as well as to the health of our waterways. Image: Flickr.

By Jessie Haas

This spring I watched a beautiful cover crop of […]

Enjoy the Local Bounty during NH Eat Local Month this August

Visit the Farmers’ Market, Join a Virtual Scavenger Hunt, and Eat Local this August

June 30, 2018 – White River Junction, Vt. – Get your appetite ready—August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month, a month-long celebration of local food and New Hampshire farmers and producers!

Visit your farmers’ market, enjoy the local bounty and share […]

Celebrating the Contributions of Cooperative Enterprises

Cooperatives have two centuries’ experience building sustainable and resilient societies. Credit: International Co-operative Alliance.

By Fran McCrae

On July 7, 2018, the world will celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC), an annual observance of the contributions of cooperative enterprises to sustainable development.

To appreciate the significance of the IDC, it is important to […]