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Sustainable XC Ski Areas in New England

Some New England cross country ski resorts are quickly becoming very sustainable. According to industry expert, Roger Lohr of, “There are about forty Nordic ski areas that employ snowmaking today and for more of the Nordic areas to invest, there is often the need for favorable financial and labor circumstances.” Below are a few […]

The Climate Crisis’ Effects on the Future of Skiing

With the onset of a warming climate, how likely is it that ski resorts and skiing itself might soon become things of the past?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

Last winter’s low-snow year and unseasonably warm temperatures across much of the American West meant a […]

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

Applications due February 1, 2019

The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund program, a partnership with the Cheshire County (NH) 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 […]

DIY Re-usable Bags from Feed Bags

A homemade tote bag made by the author. Courtesy photo.

Jessie Haas

Tote bags are great. When you remember to bring them to the grocery store you feel so virtuous—and in Brattleboro, you’d better remember, because single-use plastic bags are now illegal.

But totes are also expensive, and […]

Saffron Cookies



Saffron is an ancient culinary spice, derived from the flower of a fall blooming crocus (crocus sativus). It ranks as the most expensive spice in the world, often selling for over $20 per gram. It is commonly grown in western Asia, including Iran, but also in Spain and Italy. It is […]

Carpeting Can Compromise Indoor Air Quality – What Can You Do?

Greener carpet is made from wool, jute or cotton and emits little, if any, VOCs. Credit: Dominika Gregušová, Pexels.

EarthTalk®, From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

Carpeting is an oft-overlooked culprit when it comes to compromised indoor air quality, but the chemicals used to produce it are typically far from natural. […]

Caveman Crayons

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Jessie Haas

Crayons are one of humankind’s oldest drawing media, invented right after the finger tracing a line in the dust. Archaeologists believe the oldest known piece of human art is a series of cross-hatches drawn across a shard of rock with an ochre crayon. Natural, wholesome, and suitable […]

LEAF BLOWERS – Bad For the Environment and You

Leaf Blowers emit as much pollution in one hour as driving a 2016 Toyota Camry 1,100 miles.

Upwards of 170 American cities in 31 states (as well as five cities in three Canadian provinces) have some kind of leaf blower restrictions already in place. Credit: Dean Hochman, FlickrCC.

EarthTalk®, from the Editors of E […]

Outdoor Gear – Taking on Sustainability

Tent maker, NEMO Equipment, is one of the smaller outdoor gear brands known for its commitment to sustainability. Image: Dean Hochman, FlickrCC.

Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss (EarthTalk®)

It’s true that Patagonia has long been a leader in sustainability initiatives. More than two decades ago the company switched over to organic cotton and soon […]

Extending The Growing Season with L.E.D. Grow Lights

LEDdynamics EverGrōT8 lights provide a longer growing season for lettuce sprouts and seedlings of Australian finger limes and fig trees in the greenhouse. Photo: Sylvie Singh-Lamy.

George Harvey

One of the nice things about the apartment where I live is the fact everyone here can take a share in the garden. Raspberries, […]