Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Electric Lawnmowers Lowdown

Staff article

The advantage of using electricity over fossil fuels for your outdoor power equipment is substantial. Switching to electric mowers has a major impact on lowering emissions as well as saving you money.

Two Lithium lawnmowing options. No gas or oil, no emissions, no maintenance, quiet…

Outdoor power equipment such as […]

Greening Your Lawn Naturally

Spring is right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about your yard!

From Cornerstone Tree Care

Compost your leaves and other garden waste at home instead of bagging and carting them to the transfer station. All that material is food for your plants and trees. Why pay for compost from […]

Genetic Engineering and Synthetic Biology

Concerns for our Health and the Planet

By EarthTalk®

“Synthetic biology” (or “synbio”) refers to the design and fabrication of novel biological parts, devices and systems that do not otherwise occur in nature. Many see it as an extreme version of genetic engineering (GE). But unlike GE, whereby genetic information with certain desirable traits from […]

Ingredient of the Month: TOLUENE

By Larry Pleasant

And this month’s special ingredient is….TOLUENE.

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If you have asthma you may already have heard of toluene; 72% of all asthmatics or over 20 million Americans are highly reactive to it. Toluene, like the other “enes,” i.e., xylene and benzene cause cancer so it is probably a […]


We’ve got exciting news to share! The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) and the Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) have been working together over the last few years to help our member food co-ops make healthy food and co-op ownership more accessible to all community members. Recently, many of these food co-ops have moved […]

The Nature of Things – From LEED-Certified Buildings to Fairy Shrimp

The White Building

The Nature of Things, LLC has a mission to provide a very special place for growing children, a place where they can experience nature while they learn. They have multiple programs. Nature’s Pathways is a state-licensed early childhood education and childcare facility. 2nd Nature Academy is a state-licensed private elementary […]

Stowe School Saves Big on Heating Costs

Stowe Middle High School, all photos courtesy Tarm Biomass

By Jim Van Valkenburgh

After considering installing a biomass heating system at the Stowe Middle High School in Stowe, Vermont for a number of years, the Lamoille South Supervisory Union finally acted on the idea in the summer of 2013. The $600,000 project was […]

Elmore Roots’ Permaculture Tips

Growing Blueberries Successfully in the North

Painting by Gabriel Tempesta

By David Fried

If you know where there are great patches of blueberries, enjoy them and share them with your friends.

Otherwise, why not plant your own “blueberry island”? You simply purchase some healthy bushes from your local nursery and plant them about […]

Kick the Chemicals

The Move Away from Synthetic Fertilizers Toward Healthier Gardening

By Jen Baer, Green Mountain Compost

Chemical fertilizers are like sports drinks for your plants. They give your garden a short-term boost and then wash away with the rain, requiring frequent reapplication. And, like sports drinks, they do little to build the muscle and […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Growing Sunflowers for Biodiesel Production

By Sarah Galbraith, program manager of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

Oilseed sunflower is the most popular biodiesel feedstock grown in Vermont (distinct from confectionary sunflower). University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team has been conducting research on growing sunflowers for fuel for several years. Their recent manual “Oilseed […]