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Sharon Mueller

Sharon Mueller

Sharon Mueller is the produce manager and a board member at the Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction. She gardens with family and friends at her home in Springfield. Writing about local food and the future of the regional cooperative economy is a budding interest.

Sylvia’s Special Seeds

Sharon Mueller | September 01, 2008 | Garden Pathways

Sylvia

I’d heard rumors of what might be growing in Sylvia Davatz’s greenhouse. Wheat from an alpine village. Greens throughout the winter. A tomato that lasts until December. Even peanuts! I wondered: What might be going on at Sylvia’s? Plants like these aren’t normally grown in Vermont.

One Greenhouse, Many Winter Greens

Sharon Mueller | March 01, 2008 | Garden Pathways

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In the depths of winter, a visit to Carol Stedman’s new greenhouse in Hartland provides a breath of spring. A sea of tiny greens waves hello. Claim a seat on the cement blocks that ring the 2-ft. high garden beds, bend over, and take a whiff of soil and fresh growing things. This is what I did on a recent January day. With snow blanketing the out-of-doors, the air temperature inside was only slightly higher than outside, not really warm. But the soil… a thermometer stuck deep in the dirt read a balmy 60 degrees. What was going on?

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Our stories, interviews, and essays reveal how Vermont residents are building their local food systems, how farmers are faring in a time of great opportunity and challenge, and how Vermont’s agricultural landscape ties into larger questions of sustainability and the future of our food supply.