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USDA REAP Grants Awards for Farmers, Ag Producers & Small Businesses

Foster Farm Botanicals in East Calais, VT will use its grant award to install a74.4kW ground-mount solar array. Photo courtesy Foster Farm Botanicals.

Kevin Lambert

On August 20, it was announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $919,474 in grant funding to farmers, producers and small businesses in New Hampshire, […]

No-Till Gardening: Good for Crops and the Environment

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Jessie Haas

Most people don’t realize that we are living through two carbon crises (plus a pandemic, plus mass political craziness. I know, right?) We have too much carbon in the atmosphere and not enough in the soil, and there’s a connection: between 50 and 70% of the carbon in world farmland […]

Tasker Hill Community Garden, Madison, NH

Community garden with rented beds at the right and CSA beds to the left. Courtesy photos.

Russ Lanoie

For over ten years we have hosted a small community garden on our property here in Madison, NH just south of Conway Village in the Mount Washington Valley (MWV). The garden consists of 27 individual raised […]

Coming Attractions in Greenhouse Energy Efficiency

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Mike Stiles Ph.D.

Hello, greetings from the front lines of Green Greenhouses. By way of introduction, I’ve consulted with the electric and natural gas utility National Grid in upstate New York for the last several years. I’ve developed methods for quantifying the energy impacts of greenhouse efficiency measures for National Grid’s incentive programs.

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Taking Farming to Net Zero

John Deere autonomous electric tractor. Image uploaded to YouTube.com by John Deere UK IE.

George Harvey

Farming stands out as one of the most important contributors to climate change. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists it as contributing 10% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as of 2020, but this does not tell the whole […]

Don’t Plant Mystery Seeds From China!

Officials in a number of states are warning residents not to plant mystery seeds arriving in packages with Chinese markings. The seeds have been shipped to numerous people who did not order them, in several states. Here is an example of a warning that came from the Kansas Department of Agriculture:

KDA Asks Public to […]

A Visit from a Great Friend

Painting by Vermont artist Gabriel Tempesta.

David Fried

One of the great things about winter is the quiet and the time to do things you never get to do during seasons of growing. I go into hibernation. A book by my side and a cup of tea and some dried apple slices from our […]

Regenerative Agriculture: There’s No Tilling How Much CO₂ We Can Save

Doug Moss and Roddy Scheer

Regenerative Agriculture (RA) describes farming and grazing practices that help reverse climate change by rebuilding the organic matter in soil and restoring degraded soil biodiversity.

“Specifically, Regenerative Agriculture is a holistic land management practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close […]

Come into the Garden

Original painting by Gabriel Tempesta

David Fried

This time of year brings out the dreamer in all of us who have a connection to the land. Let’s face it, we have not seen or walked on anything green for about six months. Under the snow, under the mud, under everything there are grasses […]

Cow Power, Renewable Energy from Manure

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Anna Chaffee

As a society, maintaining our current standard of living necessitates large-scale farming. This comes at a cost however, as the industrial agriculture system is a major contributor to global warming largely through greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, such as methane. As a result, the current agricultural system has much progress to be […]