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What is it About Flowers?

Photo by artist Joyce Dutka

David Fried

In every snowflake there is a flower waiting. Flowers, when they fade away, become seeds for snowflakes. Snowflakes, when they fall, become flowers when they melt. How else to explain the softness of fresh snow and the warmth of flower petals against the cheek? […]

USDA Rural Development Accepting Applications for 2021 Value Added Producer Grants

Applications Due March 22, 2021

USDA Rural Development (RD) is seeking applications for the Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG). Applications will be accepted through close of business on March 22, 2021. State information on the program and application materials are available on RD websites for Vermont and New Hampshire.

The VAPG program helps agricultural […]

Community Greenhouses Sprouting

Edible Brattleboro volunteers grow food in public spaces, like the grassy area between the Brattleboro Food Coop parking lot and the Whetstone Brook Image: Edibe Brattleboro

Jessie Haas

When Marilyn Chiarello, founder of Edible Brattleboro, saw a free hoophouse frame offered on a local listserv, she started dreaming. A place for […]

Elmore Roots – Birds

Watercolor paintings by Joyce Dutka

David Fried

As soon as I wake up, I hear them singing. Lots of them. Filling the soft morning with song.

I can tell the rain has stopped. They are celebrating.

Birds are always doing amazing things.

How […]

Winter Composting 101

Cassandra Hemenway

As a compost educator in central Vermont, I’ve been surprised at how many people tell me that they stop composting over the winter. Although Northeasterners tend to be unfazed by freezing temperatures, even the hardiest may balk at that thirty-second walk outdoors to drop off the food scraps in January. But there are […]

Vermont Solar Expands State’s Pollinator Habitat

Mike Kiernan of Bee the Change plants in the solar fields. Photo courtesy Mike Kiernan

Renewable Energy Vermont

This summer marked a major milestone for Vermont solar’s collaborative efforts to restore pollinator habitat in our state. In July, Middlebury-based REV Member, Bee the Change teamed up with REV Member […]

Chester, VT Community Greenhouse and Gardens Meeting – Oct 29, 2020

Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83700438422?pwd=bjF0WTVsbHp3N3BnTktrUVZSWEl6dz09

Making New Hampshire More Resilient Through Local Food Production and Working Lands

Join Vital Communities, Land for Good, and other partners to talk about the working lands that feed and sustain our communities in a series of three virtual forums in New Hampshire titled “Community Resilience through Local Food Security.” Each forum focuses on a different region within New Hampshire and involves presenters specific to that region.

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USDA REAP Grants Awards for Farmers, Ag Producers & Small Businesses

Foster Farm Botanicals in East Calais, VT will use its grant award to install a74.4kW ground-mount solar array. Photo courtesy Foster Farm Botanicals.

Kevin Lambert

On August 20, it was announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $919,474 in grant funding to farmers, producers and small businesses in New […]

Pathways

Artwork courtesy of Joyce Dutka.

David Fried

In a hectic world, I like to be surrounded by plants as I walk along, tasting, breathing it all in.

Like a bee visiting flowers, I walk the pathways between the plants.

When I walk around the farm, one path takes me from the blueberries to […]