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Vermont: Off-Grid, Energy-efficient Home for Sale

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.


Endocrine Disruptors in our Modern World

How about a yoga class on the beach to release those everyday stressors? (Kaylee Garrett, Unsplash,

Larry Plesent

Hormones are chemical messengers that signal cells to do things. Humans and all animals, plants, fungi and even bacteria produce similar hormone messenger molecules. Hormones tell our bodies to change as we […]

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 […]

UVM Electric Lawn Mower Pilot Program

Niels Arentzen and Peggy O’Neill-Vivanco

When University of Vermont (UVM) Business student Niels Arentzen was in high school, he operated a lawn care business, and explored the possibility of starting a commercial electric mowing company

UVM pilots an e-mower which offers affordable, no emissions, and quiet lawncare. (Matt Power)

. His research into […]

Behind the Blue Bin – What Is Recycled?

Adam Minter

This article was originally published in the winter Sierra magazine and online on December 22, 2021

Local governments began distributing recycling bins in the 1970s. Those bins were largely reserved for the flood of daily headlines, as newspapers were attractive raw material for paper mills.

By the 1980s, many cities had also signed […]

The Ultimate Migrant Farmworkers

Birds Outperform Pesticides

A kestrel finds a rodent to feed on. (

Jessie Haas

If you’ve ever grown fruit or berries, you know the ambivialence farmers feel about birds. A beautiful and essential part of nature, they can also be a pest that eats into crops and profits, damaging from $104 […]

Green Sheets, and How to Clean Them

Bamboo paper towels are eco-friendly and are reusable. (

Jessie Haas

If you need new sheets and can afford it, invest in organic cotton, linen, bamboo, or eucalyptus tencel. Invest is the right word, so choose what’s likely to be the most durable; probably linen, a very strong fiber […]

Who is Responsible for Recycling?

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Roger Lohr

Who is responsible for recycling to reduce plastic, cardboard and paper packaging waste – those who use products or those who produce products? Recent articles in the New York Times and Associated Press informed about the Natural Resources Council of Maine program to address the volatile […]