• Publishers' Note—Fall 2016

    Publishers' Note—Fall 2016

    For the past several years now, we’ve composted our garden and kitchen scraps. With increased success, we’ve watched apple cores and tomato vines metamorphose into a rich, dark, crumbly hummus.

    Continue Reading

  • Hügelkultur: A Rotting Resource

    Hügelkultur: A Rotting Resource

    Hügelkultur is a centuries-old sustainable method of building raised garden beds in a way that mimics the natural succession of the forest floor.

    Continue Reading

  • Set the Table with…Figs

    Set the Table with…Figs

    Figs may not seem like a Vermont kind of crop—the fruits are more associated with warmer climates. However, one local Vermonter has dug into his Italian roots and has been successfully growing figs for five years.

    Continue Reading

  • Flock Dance:

    Flock Dance:

    Yesenia Major—who runs Vermont Shepherd sheep dairy with her husband, David—is a dancer at heart. With Spanish, Dominican, and El Salvadorian roots, she grew up in communities where “we were born dancing.”

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  • Vermont Apples: Lost and Found

    Vermont Apples: Lost and Found

    Roaming the hills and back roads in Vermont at this time of year, you find plenty of apple trees. Most are wild trees, also called seedling trees, spread by wildlife or from dropped apples.

    Continue Reading

  • Regenerative Agriculture

    Regenerative Agriculture

    In 2012, new farmers Jesse McDougall and his wife, Cally, decided not to spray the kinds of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that had long been applied to their hayfields in Shaftsbury.

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  • Crafty Cultivation

    Crafty Cultivation

    The old adage says, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” but the small farmer’s credo would be a lot more specific: “A sore back will get you scheming for a better way.”

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  • Small Acts Bring Permaculture Out of the Backyard and into the Community

    Small Acts Bring Permaculture Out of the Backyard and into the Community

    On August 28, 2011, when Tropical Storm Irene hit parts of Vermont with almost 10 inches of rain, the waters of the Saxtons River rose up in an uncontrollable torrent of historic proportions.

    Continue Reading

  • Slow and Steady: Vermont’s “Snail of Approval”

    Slow and Steady: Vermont’s “Snail of Approval”

    “Snail of Approval” is a program of Slow Food Vermont. It’s a certification awarded to restaurants, bars, food and beverage producers, stores, and markets that have been deemed “outstanding among peers” and that contribute to “the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of Vermont’s food supply.”

    Continue Reading

  • Farmers' Kitchen—Magnificent Mushrooms

    Farmers' Kitchen—Magnificent Mushrooms

    Many of us are brought up to fear mushrooms. Often to the point of never thinking of them as the wonderful, delicious, and nutritious food they are.

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  • Release

    Release

    I began farming in 2008, moving from books to hands-on experience raising crops, sheep, dairy goats, and poultry.

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Fall 2016

Publishers' Note—Fall 2016

| August 17, 2016

Publishers' Note—Fall 2016

For the past several years now, we’ve composted our garden and kitchen scraps. With increased success, we’ve watched apple cores and tomato vines metamorphose into a rich, dark, crumbly hummus.

Hügelkultur: A Rotting Resource

Written by Angie Knost | August 17, 2016

Hügelkultur bed

Hügelkultur is a centuries-old sustainable method of building raised garden beds in a way that mimics the natural succession of the forest floor.

Set the Table with…Figs

Written by Alix O’Meara | August 17, 2016

Figs

Figs may not seem like a Vermont kind of crop—the fruits are more associated with warmer climates. However, one local Vermonter has dug into his Italian roots and has been successfully growing figs for five years.

Flock Dance:

A new performance piece incorporates Vermont sheep and herding dogs

Written by Caroline Abels | August 17, 2016

A scene from Doggie Hamlet

Yesenia Major—who runs Vermont Shepherd sheep dairy with her husband, David—is a dancer at heart. With Spanish, Dominican, and El Salvadorian roots, she grew up in communities where “we were born dancing.”

Vermont Apples: Lost and Found

Written by Nancy Hayden | August 17, 2016

Shacksbury team scouting roadside apples in Ripton

Roaming the hills and back roads in Vermont at this time of year, you find plenty of apple trees. Most are wild trees, also called seedling trees, spread by wildlife or from dropped apples.

Regenerative Agriculture

Taking Root in Vermont

Written by Katie Spring | August 17, 2016

Clover

In 2012, new farmers Jesse McDougall and his wife, Cally, decided not to spray the kinds of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that had long been applied to their hayfields in Shaftsbury.

Crafty Cultivation

A Burlington farmer invents machines that ease the burdens of farm labor

Written by Laura Sorkin | August 17, 2016

Rob using the prone weeder

The old adage says, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” but the small farmer’s credo would be a lot more specific: “A sore back will get you scheming for a better way.”

Small Acts Bring Permaculture Out of the Backyard and into the Community

Written by Bonnie North | August 17, 2016

Bare root trees ready to plant

On August 28, 2011, when Tropical Storm Irene hit parts of Vermont with almost 10 inches of rain, the waters of the Saxtons River rose up in an uncontrollable torrent of historic proportions.

Slow and Steady: Vermont’s “Snail of Approval”

Written by Caroline Abels | August 17, 2016

Williamsville Eatery

“Snail of Approval” is a program of Slow Food Vermont. It’s a certification awarded to restaurants, bars, food and beverage producers, stores, and markets that have been deemed “outstanding among peers” and that contribute to “the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of Vermont’s food supply.”

Farmers' Kitchen—Magnificent Mushrooms

Written by Jimmy Horton | August 17, 2016

Shitake Mushrooms

Many of us are brought up to fear mushrooms. Often to the point of never thinking of them as the wonderful, delicious, and nutritious food they are.

Release

Written by Katie Sullivan | August 17, 2016

goat illustration by Gabriel Tempesta

I began farming in 2008, moving from books to hands-on experience raising crops, sheep, dairy goats, and poultry.

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