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Farmers: Share Your Thoughts on Cover Crops in the National Cover Crop Survey!

Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops in an online survey at Why do you plant cover crops…or why don’t you? What do you want to know? Your insight will help guide research, communications, seed development, and more.

This National Cover Crop Survey is the seventh since 2012 conducted by the […]

2023 Seed Swap

January 24, 2023 Cooperstown, NY

The Otsego Master Gardeners will host the Annual Seed Swap on Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Oneonta Farmers’ Market, Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, 24 Market Street in Oneonta. Participation is free, and you do not need to donate or have […]

Seaberries of My Dreams

Seaberries grown at Elmore Roots are easy to grow and have a great flavor to use in your drinks. (Courtesy photo)

David Fried

There are four questions horticulturists and gardeners need to ask:

1. Would you like a cup of tea?

2. Do astronauts always take this drink into […]

Two Faces of Flowers

(Painting by Gabriel Tempesta)

David Fried

Why does it feel so good when someone gives you flowers? They are so small and light but they are so important.

You are walking along a forest path and all of a sudden you see a flower. Or a mushroom. Or a chipmunk. […]

The Beat Goes On

Watercolor painting by Joyce Dutka

David Fried

My friend I grew up with grows organic vegetables as far as the eye can see. He puts stickers on his boxes of cabbage that state, “Let’s get our heads together.” On his boxes of beets another sticker reads, “Beet the system!”

We […]

Monadnock Food Co-op Announces 2022 Farm Fund Grant Recipients

The Wooster family of Picadilly Farm is one of the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund grant recipients. (Scott Hussey)

The Monadnock Food Co-op of southwestern NH announces six grant recipients for the 2022 Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund: Picadilly Farm, Partners’ Gardens, Grow a Pear Farm, Flying Cloud Dairy, Brookfield Farm, and […]

Agriculture and the Habit of Eating Meat—Paths to a Healthful Future

Books reviewed by Janis Petzel, MD

Meat Me Halfway—How Changing the Way We Eat Can Improve our Lives and Save Our Planet by Brian Kateman. Prometheus Books, Guilford, CT 2022.

Farming for Our Future-The Science, Law and Policy of Climate-Neutral Agriculture. Peter H. Lehner and Nathan A. Rosenburg. Environmental Law Institute. 2021.


Fast Food

Perennial fast foods of asparagus and rhubarb grow at Elmore Roots Nursery (Courtesy photos).

David Fried

I go out for fast food almost every day. I go out to the garden.

Here by May 24th the asparagus has grown about two feet tall in the last five minutes.

I […]

Oh – a Pineapple!

Artist: Joyce Dutka

David Fried

My brother grows tropical fruit trees in Hawaii. Some years back he drove down our driveway in Elmore, VT and stopped his car. He rolled down his window and said, ” I am never going to be cold again.” Outside his window the hill is covered […]

Eating Well for Your Health

Eat your reds, yellows and greens. (Flickr/David Saddler)

Larry Plesent

Over-the-counter pain reducers (NSAID’s) are a $2 billion-a-year industry in the USA, just 11% of the total $18 billion annually spent on pain medication. Over 100 million Americans are in chronic pain. It’s time to take a step back and ask […]