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Remembering Lewis Hill

Nancy Hayden | February 09, 2016 | Spring '16 | Issue thirty-six

Lewis Hill

Ask a longtime Vermont fruit grower or gardener about Lewis Hill and they’ll probably tell you how he inspired and nurtured their love of growing fruit. Maybe he introduced them to uncommon fruits such as black currants and elderberry.

The Huntress

Kate Spring | February 09, 2016 | Spring '16 | Issue thirty-six

Dhyana Miller of Full Moon Girls, a nature immersion program for girls in western Massachusetts.

In 2013, Murphy Robinson asked to buy a live lamb from our farm. It would, she explained, be used in her first Huntress Intensive, a weekend workshop for women on how to hunt, and it would be taken from live to butchered in order to teach how to properly field dress an animal.

Set the Table with Local Oils

Cheryl Herrick | February 09, 2016 | Spring '16 | Issue thirty-six

Sunflowers in field

Netaka White remembers going to some of the first local food challenges in Vermont—potluck meals to which attendees would bring food that was entirely grown or raised within Vermont, or a 50-mile radius.

The Great Garden Cover Up

Charlie Nardozzi | February 09, 2016 | Spring '16 | Issue thirty-six

Charlie Nardozzi workshop

Cover crops and green manures may be terms you usually associate with farming, but they’re important for even a small-scale home gardener. “Cover crops” usually refers to grains or legumes grown in fall to “cover” the soil in winter.

Editor's Note Spring 2016

| February 09, 2016 | Spring '16 | Issue thirty-six

The Robinsons' dog Trump enjoys the apple orchard in bloom.

Last fall I was an intern on a Vermont sheep and fruit farm, and over the course of three weeks I used parts of my brain that I tap so rarely they might as well be located in my elbow. Normally I spend my days as a writer and editor, working with words, and like most of us I don’t tax my thinking beyond what my chosen line of work asks of me. My brain is narrow. It is used to doing one or two things well.

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