Sunflowers Crops – An emerging source of renewable energy
By Rachel Carter
Sunflowers are grown on several Vermont farms and then harvested for their oilseeds, which are then converted to biodiesel and livestock feed. Sunflower or oilseed biodiesel helps farmers lower fuel and feed costs, explore feed and fertilizer co-products, be more self-sufficient, and rely […]
Unique fruits you CAN grow in the northeast!
Northern kiwi fruits. Photos courtesy of David Fried
By David Fried
So you always wanted to grow unique and unusual delicious fruits in the north, but didn’t know if you could? Here is an introduction to what we can grow all over the northeast. Like […]
Pierson Farm with Dave Pierson – 10am Four Corners Farm with Bob Gray – 1pm Honey Locust Farm with Jake Torrey – 3pm
Visit 11 Farms in Bradford, Corinth, Topsham, Piermont,
Newbury, Orford, and Haverhill
Sponsored by the Corinth and Bradford Conservation Commissions
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By David Fried
Perry delivered the mail in our neighborhood for about 40 years. Every once in a while I would give him a grape vine to plant at his place, or a fig tree (for indoors). Now he has retired and we miss him. Besides being the only one to connect the dots between […]
A Simple Explanation
Permaculture is forest gardens, natural buildings, edible landscapes, community design, and more!
What permaculture guru Bill Mollison describes in his books is a totally integrated design system that’s modeled on nature. If you design your garden or farm like a natural system you can save yourself a lot […]
Dr. Henry I. Miller’s May 15, 2014 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal has indeed made waves in the organic farming community. Miller, former director of the Office of Biotechnology at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, argues that conventional farming—which uses synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and often genetically modified (GM) […]
Grass for Heating Fuel in Vermont
By Sarah Galbraith
Grass biomass could make a sizeable contribution to Vermont’s heating needs over time, and could be part of the renewable energy mix required to meet the state’s goal to meet 90% of Vermont’s energy needs through renewable energy and increased efficiency by 2050.
A new report […]
by Lindsay Wilson in Food
When you start a new vegetable garden the most important thing is to choose the right garden.
The ideal vegetable garden for you looks unlike it does for anyone else. Your veg patch needs to fit that lifestyle and give you pleasure. Otherwise it simply won’t last. Choose a style […]
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 […]
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 […]