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Elmore Roots: I Drink to Your Health!

By David Fried

All over the world at this very moment friends are lifting their glasses and saying: “Skol!,” “Cheers!,” “Nazdrovia!,” or perhaps “L’chaim!”

They are not lifting a zucchini or an olive to say this, but something magical and transformative that they can drink.

We who grow and harvest fruit can have the pleasure […]

Hundreds of Native Bee Species Sliding Toward Extinction

Pollinators in Peril

Landmark Report:

In the first comprehensive review of the more than 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii, the Center for Biological Diversity has found that more than half the species with sufficient data to assess are declining. Nearly one in four is imperiled and at increasing risk of […]

Learning to Landscape the Permaculture Way

Painting by Gabriel Tempesta www.gabrieltempesta.com

by David Fried of Elmore Roots Fruit Tree and Berry Nursery

It was in the late 70s or very early 80s when I visited my friend who was working at the Rural Education Center in Wilton, New Hampshire. The man who brought permaculture to America, Bill Mollison, had just […]

The Foodscape Revolution – Finding A Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden

Foodscape Revolution

By Brie Arthur, published by St. Lynn’s Press, 2017, 189 pages, $21.95

Book review by N. R. Mallery

’Tis the season for gardening. You may have noticed that some people have been growing a few veggies in with flowers in the past couple of years. Perhaps you have even started to do […]

Growing the Food We Eat Without Poisons

One option to keep the weeds down in both large and small spaces include GardenMats which are made in Vermont. www.GardenMats.com. Courtesy photos.

By N.R. Mallery

Many of us think a product is safe because the manufacturer says so. Monsanto says Roundup is safe, but the state of California and the […]

Under-stories: Growing Fruits and Nuts in a Small Space

By David Fried

What if you could grow nine types of fruits and nuts in the space that you would need to turn around with your arms outstretched? If you have one spot in your yard where you can do this and it gets at least one half to three quarters of a day of […]

Residential and Community Scale Biogas – A Missing Link

Biogas generation. Here is a 52 °C thermophile anaerobic digestion system converting putrescible residual organic matter (i.e. brown trays), organic residues from slaugtherhouse activities and biosludge from wastewater treatment plants to energy. Image: http://bit.ly/biogas-power.

By Lonnie Coplen, LEEDAP, CPHC

Biogas is a combustible gas composed largely of methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide […]

Berries From Other Lands

by David Fried

It is now possible to grow delicious and nutritious berries in Vermont that people in other countries have been raving about for years.

In Sweden in the 1970’s, I worked on a farm where wooden clogs were worn in the kitchen where we enjoyed a meal of flatbread and a yogurt topped […]

Backyard Elderberries

Low-maintenance elderberries for an effortless, bountiful harvest.

Fruit of the native elderberry. Photo by D. Fried.

By David Fried of Elmore Roots

Using our experience from 36 years of growing elderberries on a rugged hillside, in Elmore, Vermont, Zone 3, we offer this effortless recipe for a successful start to a fruitful ending, for […]

Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture, Local Food, and Vulnerable Communities

Credit: Cooper Phyllis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

By Jennifer Wilhelm

NASA scientists report that 2015 is expected to be the hottest year on record. The summer and the months of September and October were the hottest recorded, but what does a global temperature increase of half a degree mean for the food system? […]