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You Can Give a Gift of Life for the Holidays

Photo courtesy of Solavore Works.

 

The best gift for the Holidays is a gift of life. You can do this by joining in on the campaign to help women in three Third-World countries. A woman receives a free solar oven when you buy one for yourself between now and the end of the […]

Keep your Halloween Happy

A new study released by HealthyStuff.org found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and even “trick or treat” bags. Dangerous chemicals like phthalates, flame retardants, vinyl (PVC) plastic, organotins, and even lead.

TAKE ACTION: Tell big retailers – our children deserve a safe toxic-free Halloween.

They tested 106 types of Halloween […]

Eat Local This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season on the horizon, now is the time to stock up on all of your holiday goodies. Farmstands are overflowing with goodness: from sweet fall storage veggies, to crisp greens such as kale and collards, brussel sprouts to fresh and local cheeses, meats, and eggs. Many variety of apples are […]

Shelburne Vineyard

Shelburne Vineyard and Marquette grapes as harvest approaches.

By George Harvey

The thoughts that come up when we consider Vermont agriculture include dairy products, maple syrup, apple cider, and vegetables from small farms. One thing that does not come readily to mind is grape wine. Perhaps that will change, as we have the exemplary […]

Winter Harvest Squash for Thanksgiving

Use any winter squash that you may have grown — such as Delicata, Butternut, Acorn… or this one that was our ‘Mystery Squash’, that appears to be a cross between Delicata and a Pumpkin. … We are calling them Pumpinatas.

Cut in slices, tossed with olive oil and salt. Cover and roast in a 350º […]

Ideas for a Greener Holiday Season

While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. All that shopping, decoration, food preparation and travel adds up to more carbon emissions and more waste. But there are ways to minimize our impact and still celebrate the season in grand style.

For starters, buy fewer gifts. Homemade, personal […]

Seven ways to keep your holiday spirit out of the landfill

1. Say NO! to artificial Christmas trees. Here’s why:

The average artificial tree lasts 6 to 9 years but will remain in a landfill for centuries. Think a real tree poses a greater fire hazard? Think again. Artificial trees are made with polyvinyl chloride, which often uses lead as a stabilizer, making it toxic to […]