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Public Event Series Focuses on Climate Resilience and Soil Health

Events Open to All Who Want to Build a More Livable, Resilient Region & Planet

What is good for the soil is good for our communities. That’s the theory behind a six-event discussion series, Climate and Community Resilience: Lessons from the Soil. The events will be held on six dates from late March through mid-May. […]

Something About Red

Red oak leaves. Photos courtesy of David Fried.

David Fried

There is something about red. The color. You don’t see it out in nature much in winter or spring. Sometimes you may catch a glimpse of the red berries of highbush cranberry or winterberry or the stems of red osier […]

Climate Change Being Fueled By Soil Damage

An article at BBC News said there is three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere, but that carbon is being released by deforestation and poor farming. This is both fueling climate change and reducing our ability to feed the growing population. Problems include soils being eroded, compacted by machinery, […]

Healthy Soils Legislation Helps Green New Deal

Image: theemeraldcup.com

Seth Itzkan, Steven Keleti, and Karl Thidemann

Congressional Democrats have offered an ambitious legislative framework for 2019. Titled the Green New Deal, it seeks to tackle impending climate threats while generating innovative opportunities in the energy, transportation, and agricultural sectors. The Green New Deal includes support of soil health. Between 50% to […]

Solar Power for Sunset Lake Farm

Provides Multiple Layers of Sustainability

The new Sunset Lake Farm dry cow barn with its newly-installed solar PV system. Photos by Jim Merriam, Norwich Solar Technologies

Steve Snyder

When its 178kW solar electric system went online in November, Sunset Lake Farm owner Sam Bellavance was returning to his clean energy roots to boost the […]

The Solar-Powered Circle of Life

Illustration of the benefits of the Soil Carbon Sponge versus the negative feedback loops of bare compacted soil. Image courtesy Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition.

By Jessie Haas

“Plants manage water, and in managing water, they manage heat,“ according to Australian agricultural pioneer Peter Andrews. This has been born out […]

Up in the Treetops, It’s Plum Good Pickin’

An up close view of the plum orchard, from on top of the ladder at Elmore Roots Nursery. By Gabriel Tempesta.

By David Fried

There is magic in the treetops. For once, I have the birds’ eye view. There are hundreds of them. Red plums are turning purple in the late afternoon sunlight. I […]

Exotics can be Pest-Free

George Harvey

Some plants are just naturally ready for changing climate, and many of these can be grown in colder areas if they are kept in pots and brought indoors or into a greenhouse for the winter. Some have the added advantage that they find few pests in our area.

A friend […]

Grass-Fed Beef Will Not Help Tackle Climate Change, Report Finds

Image: Kyle Spradley, Flickr

By Daisy Dunne

Billed as a more environmentally friendly way to rear cattle, grass-fed beef has been the red meat of choice for many a climate-conscious carnivore.

Indeed, research has suggested that grazing cattle can help offset global warming by stimulating soil to take up more carbon from the atmosphere. […]

Help stop bee-killing pesticides in Vermont — Voting soon!

The Vermont House of Representatives needs to hear from you as soon as possible to ask for key improvements to H.915. Instead of protecting our bees and butterflies from bee-killing neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides — 10,000 times more toxic than DDT — it relies upon public service announcements, compiling survey results and passive measures for neonic-free […]