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USDA Rural Development Accepting Applications for 2021 Value Added Producer Grants

Applications Due March 22, 2021

USDA Rural Development (RD) is seeking applications for the Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG). Applications will be accepted through close of business on March 22, 2021. State information on the program and application materials are available on RD websites for Vermont and New Hampshire.

The VAPG program helps agricultural […]

Community Greenhouses Sprouting

Edible Brattleboro volunteers grow food in public spaces, like the grassy area between the Brattleboro Food Coop parking lot and the Whetstone Brook Image: Edibe Brattleboro

Jessie Haas

When Marilyn Chiarello, founder of Edible Brattleboro, saw a free hoophouse frame offered on a local listserv, she started dreaming. A place for the […]

Elmore Roots – Birds

David Fried

As soon as I wake up, I hear them singing. Lots of them. Filling the soft morning with song.

I can tell the rain has stopped. They are celebrating.

Birds are always doing amazing things.

How do they fly so fast and so […]

Winter Composting 101

Cassandra Hemenway

As a compost educator in central Vermont, I’ve been surprised at how many people tell me that they stop composting over the winter. Although Northeasterners tend to be unfazed by freezing temperatures, even the hardiest may balk at that thirty-second walk outdoors to drop off the food scraps in January. But there are […]

Vermont Solar Expands State’s Pollinator Habitat

Mike Kiernan of Bee the Change plants in the solar fields. Photo courtesy Mike Kiernan

Renewable Energy Vermont

This summer marked a major milestone for Vermont solar’s collaborative efforts to restore pollinator habitat in our state. In July, Middlebury-based REV Member, Bee the Change teamed up with REV Member Green […]

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

Image: rootsimple.com

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

Greenhouse

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 […]