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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Most people don’t realize that we are living through two carbon crises (plus a pandemic, plus mass political craziness. I know, right?) We have too much carbon in the atmosphere and not enough in the soil, and there’s a connection: between 50 and 70% of the carbon in world […]
Community garden with rented beds at the right and CSA beds to the left. Courtesy photos.
For over ten years we have hosted a small community garden on our property here in Madison, NH just south of Conway Village in the Mount Washington Valley (MWV). The garden consists of 27 individual […]
Mike Stiles Ph.D.
Hello, greetings from the front lines of Green Greenhouses. By way of introduction, I’ve consulted with the electric and natural gas utility National Grid in upstate New York for the last several years. I’ve developed methods for quantifying the energy impacts of greenhouse efficiency measures for National Grid’s incentive […]
John Deere autonomous electric tractor. Image uploaded to YouTube.com by John Deere UK IE.
Farming stands out as one of the most important contributors to climate change. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists it as contributing 10% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as of 2020, but this does not tell the […]
Officials in a number of states are warning residents not to plant mystery seeds arriving in packages with Chinese markings. The seeds have been shipped to numerous people who did not order them, in several states. Here is an example of a warning that came from the Kansas Department of Agriculture:
KDA Asks Public to […]
Painting by Vermont artist Gabriel Tempesta.
One of the great things about winter is the quiet and the time to do things you never get to do during seasons of growing. I go into hibernation. A book by my side and a cup of tea and some dried apple slices from […]
Doug Moss and Roddy Scheer
Regenerative Agriculture (RA) describes farming and grazing practices that help reverse climate change by rebuilding the organic matter in soil and restoring degraded soil biodiversity.
“Specifically, Regenerative Agriculture is a holistic land management practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close […]