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. […]
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.
The University of Vermont researchers who demonstrated that saffron could be profitably grown […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Just in Time for Gardening 2018
Children amazed on how LEDdynamics™ EverGrōT8® work during a makers fair in 2017. Courtesy photo.
By George Harvey & N. R. Mallery
Ever since we first heard of LEDdynamics, Inc.’s™ EverLED® lights, which are drop-in replacements for four foot lights in many fluorescent fixtures, we have […]
Image: Gabe Temepesta
By David Fried
Somewhere, on the plains of Africa, there are giraffes with long tongues reaching into the trees for food. For thousands of years there has been enough. They move freely between groves and down below, smaller animals find what they need, too — down to the beetles and the […]
Maple Syrup and Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture
MAPLE SYRUP and CLIMATE CHANGE
Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the U.S. But could this change with the impacts of climate change? A recent study looks at changes in sap flow and sugar formulation as trees adapt to a changing climate. […]