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Emerging Fields in Bioenergy

Sunflowers Crops – An emerging source of renewable energy

By Rachel Carter

Sunflowers are grown on several Vermont farms and then harvested for their oilseeds, which are then converted to biodiesel and livestock feed. Sunflower or oilseed biodiesel helps farmers lower fuel and feed costs, explore feed and fertilizer co-products, be more self-sufficient, and rely […]

Elmore Roots – Exotics

Unique fruits you CAN grow in the northeast!

Northern kiwi fruits. Photos courtesy of David Fried

By David Fried

So you always wanted to grow unique and unusual delicious fruits in the north, but didn’t know if you could? Here is an introduction to what we can grow all over the northeast. Like early […]

2014 Cohase Region Farm Tour

Walking Tours

Pierson Farm with Dave Pierson – 10am Four Corners Farm with Bob Gray – 1pm Honey Locust Farm with Jake Torrey – 3pm

Visit 11 Farms in Bradford, Corinth, Topsham, Piermont,

Newbury, Orford, and Haverhill

Sponsored by the Corinth and Bradford Conservation Commissions

Email gabe.cohase@gmail.com for a Farm Tour […]

Pears, Permaculture and Perry

By David Fried

Perry delivered the mail in our neighborhood for about 40 years. Every once in a while I would give him a grape vine to plant at his place, or a fig tree (for indoors). Now he has retired and we miss him. Besides being the only one to connect the dots between […]

What is Permaculture?

A Simple Explanation

Permaculture is forest gardens, natural buildings, edible landscapes, community design, and more!

What permaculture guru Bill Mollison describes in his books is a totally integrated design system that’s modeled on nature. If you design your garden or farm like a natural system you can save yourself a lot […]

Is Organic Agriculture Sustainable?

From EarthTalk®

Dr. Henry I. Miller’s May 15, 2014 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal has indeed made waves in the organic farming community. Miller, former director of the Office of Biotechnology at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, argues that conventional farming—which uses synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and often genetically modified (GM) […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Grass for Heating Fuel in Vermont

By Sarah Galbraith

Grass biomass could make a sizeable contribution to Vermont’s heating needs over time, and could be part of the renewable energy mix required to meet the state’s goal to meet 90% of Vermont’s energy needs through renewable energy and increased efficiency by 2050.

A new report […]

Planning a Vegetable Garden that Suits Your Lifestyle

by Lindsay Wilson in Food

When you start a new vegetable garden the most important thing is to choose the right garden.

The ideal vegetable garden for you looks unlike it does for anyone else. Your veg patch needs to fit that lifestyle and give you pleasure. Otherwise it simply won’t last. Choose a style […]

Elmore Roots’ Permaculture Tips

Growing Blueberries Successfully in the North

Painting by Gabriel Tempesta

By David Fried

If you know where there are great patches of blueberries, enjoy them and share them with your friends.

Otherwise, why not plant your own “blueberry island”? You simply purchase some healthy bushes from your local nursery and plant them about four […]

Kick the Chemicals

The Move Away from Synthetic Fertilizers Toward Healthier Gardening

By Jen Baer, Green Mountain Compost

Chemical fertilizers are like sports drinks for your plants. They give your garden a short-term boost and then wash away with the rain, requiring frequent reapplication. And, like sports drinks, they do little to build the muscle and […]