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American Originals – Plant Developments America Shared with the World

On Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m., Barbara Melera of Harvesting History will speak at the Greater Milford Historical Association, North Main Street (St Rt 28), in Milford. Her talk, American Originals, will focus on native plants and the extraordinary plant developments that America has shared with the world. Little research has been done to […]

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 […]

Flower Power

Painting by Gabriel Tempesta

David Fried

We used to have buses painted with flowers and shoes, backpacks, shirts, record albums. Donovan had an album called “A gift from a flower to a garden.” Even when we were young we knew there was something innocent and hopeful about flowers.

Now as a […]

Weeds, Invasive Species, and Climate Change

Weeping willow, a thirsty tree, is considered a weed in Australia, where water is scarce. But it is useful there for erosion control and helps the land retain water. Photo: Antilived, Wikimedia Commons.

George Harvey

In mid-May, amid the bustle of getting Green Energy Times ready to go to press, […]

Higher Prices for Beer with Climate Change

Beer. Iva Balk, Wikimedia Commons.

George Harvey

Most beer is made from barley malt. Perhaps the greatest reason for this is that barley malt, which is dried sprouted barley grains, is particularly rich in amylase, an enzyme that can break down starch into the much smaller sugar molecules yeast use […]

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser at Monadnock Food Co-op

Monadnock Food Co-op Hosts Ice Cream Social Fundraiser To Benefit the Monadnock Localvores

KEENE, NH – The Monadnock Food Co-op and Walpole Creamery will host an Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Monadnock Localvores Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Camp Scholarship Program that offers financial […]

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 […]

The Gift of Life, Again

Image: Ben Fulton

David Fried

Here in the north country of Vermont, winter with its swirls of snow and deep chunks of ice can have us wondering when will life begin again? The trees sway back and forth in the winds, and you can hear them cracking and popping on the coldest nights, cells […]

Solar Panels on Agricultural Land

Sheep graze below solar panels. Photo: Merrill Smith, U.S. Department of Energy.

George Harvey

In April, two reports on the use of solar panels on agricultural land appeared almost simultaneously. One was a press release from Fraunhofer ISE, “Agrophotovoltaics: High Harvesting Yield in Hot Summer of 2018” (Fraunhofer report). The […]

Please DO Eat the Dandelions

Dandelions are an important early food source for bees in the springtime. Image: Jo from Pixabay via Wikimedia Commons.

George Harvey

When I was about four years old, I visited my grandfather’s house in Kansas. One of the various things I remember about that trip was watching as he did yard work. […]