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Using Permaculture Plants to Repel Insects in the Yard and Garden

by David Fried

Sometimes what a cat likes, an insect hates.

Throughout time, people who have time outdoors have known what to plant to keep insects from biting them constantly. We seem to have forgotten some of these plants and their usefulness and ease of growing.

Growing food without poisons. Painting by Gabriel […]

Research on Bovine Flatulence

Cattle near Wantastiquet Mountain in southwestern New Hampshire (Redjar, Wikimedia Commons)

By George Harvey

Conventional wisdom on beef and dairy products is that they are responsible for a large part of our greenhouse gas emissions. The issue of how to deal with that is not without its controversies, and there is still […]

Rotating Crops for Sustainability

Bee visiting an alfalfa flower (Ivar Leidus, Wikimedia Commons)

By George Harvey

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report on crop rotation, “Rotating Crops, Turning Profits” (UCS report). It is available as a pdf file at http://bit.ly/UCS-crop-rotation. It has a lot to say about the agricultural and environmental advantages of […]

Hundreds of Native Bee Species Sliding Toward Extinction

Pollinators in Peril

Landmark Report:

In the first comprehensive review of the more than 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii, the Center for Biological Diversity has found that more than half the species with sufficient data to assess are declining. Nearly one in four is imperiled and at increasing risk of […]

The Foodscape Revolution – Finding A Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden

Foodscape Revolution

By Brie Arthur, published by St. Lynn’s Press, 2017, 189 pages, $21.95

Book review by N. R. Mallery

’Tis the season for gardening. You may have noticed that some people have been growing a few veggies in with flowers in the past couple of years. Perhaps you have even started to do […]

Can a Passive House be Beautiful, Functional, and Organic?

An Interview with Hank Keating

Stone Fruit Farm in Westport, MA.

By Barbara Whitchurch

Stone Fruit Farm, completed in 2016, is a complex of buildings in the small town of Westport, Massachusetts, built to the Passive House (PH) standard. It calls to mind the design of the classic New England connected […]

Winter in the Permaculture Home Kitchen

Elderberry syrup made with honey and dried elderberries.

By Kay Aihla McGrenaghan Cafasso

Permaculture design and gardening continues all year, even when the growing season is at rest. It is essential to continually ask: How we can we be more efficient with our time and energy, live with greater health consciousness, meanwhile working with […]

Backyard Elderberries

Low-maintenance elderberries for an effortless, bountiful harvest.

Fruit of the native elderberry. Photo by D. Fried.

By David Fried of Elmore Roots

Using our experience from 36 years of growing elderberries on a rugged hillside, in Elmore, Vermont, Zone 3, we offer this effortless recipe for a successful start to a fruitful ending, for […]

Welcome This Early Spring

By Dr. Alan K. Betts

When the Earth becomes vibrant again with life in spring, we welcome the change, and many feel a surge of joy and gratitude. I know that spring is very early this year – the daffodils bloomed in Pittsford in March, the earliest date ever. This is no surprise as winters […]

15th Annual Flavors of the Valley 2016

Sun, April 10, 2016, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Hartford High School in White River Junction, VT Join Vital Communities for its annual celebration of local foods in the Upper Valley.

Taste the flavors of the Upper Valley at this premier sampling event with over 50 farm and food-related vendors. Attendees enjoy fresh produce, […]