Andrea Ward

Andrea Ward

Andrea Ward is a freelance writer and an editor at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro. A recent transplant from the upper Midwest, she hopes to have her first Vermont garden this summer and dreams of the perfect tomato.

Mycelium Launching

Andrea Ward | March 01, 2010 | Issues Archive


Terra Fructi. It sounds like perfect Latin. But Emily Bragonier and Liz Richards will be the first to acknowledge that they took linguistic liberties in creating a name for their new mushroom farm in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. “It’s actually grammatically incorrect,” Liz admits. “My mother, who is a Latin teacher, told us that terra fructi literally means ‘the earth fertile,’ which doesn’t necessarily say ‘mushrooms.’ But we hoped people would hear it and think of the fruits of the earth.”

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