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Farms, Harvest and Climate Change

Climate-related disasters such as flooding possibilities require adaptation to face our future. Image: agriculturewire.com

Jessie Haas

“A dry year you worry, a wet year you starve,” goes the cheery old Vermont saying, and it’s worse lately. These are stressful times for farmers, with the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene a reminder that […]

Gardening With Biochar

by Jeff Cox

Storey Publishing, LLC, January 2018, 128 pages, $12.76

Book Review by Jessie Haas

Can your garden, brush pile, and wood stove save the planet? Yes, according to Jeff Cox, in his new book, Gardening with Biochar. Cox, a contributing editor at Horticulture, brings his […]

Vermont Legislative Update

The Climate Solutions Caucus. Image: VPIRG

Jessie Haas

The rap on the 2019 Vermont legislature is that they didn’t get much done—notably, for climate activists, any kind of carbon pricing scheme – or the “Global Warming Solutions Act,” which would require the state government to act on Vermont’s climate pollution goals. So when I […]

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 […]

Appliances and Energy Efficiency

Front-load washing machines are more energy efficient than top loading ones, as they save water and electricity. Image: g-mark.org.

Jessie Haas

Many of us are aware of the impact that changing out an old appliance can have on our fuel bills and carbon footprint, and the older the appliance, the […]

Tiny Houses for the Planet

Lincoln tiny house on wheels at Mt. Hood tiny house village near Portland, Oregon. Image: tinyhousetalk.com.

Jessie Haas

Tiny houses are hot these days. But practical? Can they help save the planet? Quite possibly.

A tiny house is usually 400 square feet (sf) or less, with the average being 186 sf. (By comparison the […]

EAT-Lancet with a Grain of Salt

Jessie Haas

The EAT-Lancet commission’s report, “Food in the Anthropocene,” which recommends a near-vegan diet for the health of people and the planet, dropped with major fanfare and a large PR budget, in five cities world-wide. It was widely and uncritically reported in the mainstream press. Critiques of the report were also published, but received […]

Grass-Fed Dairy Initiative

Image: newswise.com

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 […]

Museums in our Region Support Solar and Sustainability

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is thrilled to be partnering with ReVision Energy and the town of Dover to house part of a 318-panel rooftop solar array at the museum and pool, which share a common electricity meter. Image: © taraphotography.com.

Jessie Haas

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, along with […]

Even Greener Recycling at TAM Waste and Recycling

The 92-kW solar array at TAM Waste and Recycling consists of array of 288 Hanwha modules, 144 SolarEdge optimizers, and one 100-kW SolarEdge inverter. The system should supply 90% of TAM’s electricity needs. Images: Power Guru Electric Systems.

Jessie Haas

Trevor Mance of Pownal, VT has always considered himself “the ultimate environmentalist.” […]