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October 7 Green Energy News

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“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 […]

Fire or Fungi?

By Jessie Haas

According to Walter Jehne of Healthy Soils Australia, hydrology governs 95% of the heat dynamics of the planet. That is water, cooling us and the earth, managed by plants and the soil carbon sponge.

Image: Flickr/Ryan Thompson

We humans have been oxidizing the soil for the last 10,000 years as we […]

Plant Once, Harvest Forever

Painting by Gabriel Tempesta

By David Fried

Does this seem too good to be true? It is too good, but it is also true.

One of the magical things about planting a fruit tree is that you dig a hole and plant it, and if it likes its spot, it can […]

Will Agriculture Save the Bees?

 

U.S. farmers will soon plant up to 180 million acres of corn and soybeans coated in neonicotinoid pesticides, a combined landmass nearly twice the size of California. (1, 2)

But neonics harm the bees that make much of our fresh food production possible and offer no significant benefits in terms of crop yields. (3, […]