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Notes From The Garden: Spring Bulbs
The spring bulb flowers
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bill Amos : Hidden Worlds - The Greening
The Greening
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Henry Homeyer : Vegetables as Art
I would hazard a guess that if you toured an art museum, the artwork depicting flowers would outnumber the art showing vegetables by 10 to one. Or maybe a hundred to one. Flowers? Georgia O'Keefe and her poppies spring to my mind, Monet had his famous paintings of Giverny with its water lilies. Van Gogh had his sunflowers. And so on. But few painters have focused on kohlrabi or lettuce. And why is that? Vegetables are as beautiful as flowers if properly grown and displayed.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Watershed Grants Awarded For 2014
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- From a dam removal project on the upper Wells River to milfoil reduction in Charleston, 15 watershed improvement projects will be going forward this spring through Vermont's Watershed Grant Program.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NOFA Vermont Announces CSA Open Farm Day
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont announces the first CSA Open Farm Day. On Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., farms across Vermont will open their greenhouses, barns, and fields to community members. This day is an opportunity for everyone to get to know a local farmer, and falls just before the beginning of most farms' CSA programs. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is a form of direct farm-to-consumer sales in which the customer typically subscribes in the spring for a weekly share of the season's produce.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NASA Cuts Ties With Russia Except On Space Station
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Vermont's Wildlife Responds To Delayed Spring
Vermont's human residents are not the only ones coping with the continued wintery conditions this year. The state's wildlife are also searching for ways to deal with the deep snow and ice that may remain late into spring.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

More Than 1,000 Satellites Flying Overhead
NEW YORK (AP) -- The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms. A primer on what's in orbit, with help from Nicholas Johnson, who retired Thursday as NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris:
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Windy Ridge In No. Haverhill Hosting Blueberry Pruning and Apple Grafting Demonstration
On Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Windy Ridge Orchard, 1775 Benton Road, Route 116, in North Haverhill, N.H. there will be a demonstration about apple grafting and blueberry pruning techniques led by Bill Lord, UNH Cooperative Extension Fruit Specialist, Emeritus.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bill Amos: Hidden Worlds - Ah Choo
Ah Choo
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Grow It! Garden Leader Workshop March 31 In Hardwick
The Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN) presents the 2014 Spring Grow It! Workshops for community and school garden leaders in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi. The Grow It! Workshops provide garden leaders with timely training and networking opportunities at 7 regional locations around the state. The Hardwick workshop is presented in partnership with local and regional groups, Green Mountain Farm to School, Fresh Start Community Farm, and Hardwick Elementary School.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Marten Population Continues To Expand In Vermont
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department believes there is an expanding population of American marten in Vermont. Marten are small carnivores in the weasel family. They are smaller than a housecat and are closely related to the more common and slightly larger fisher.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Henry Homeyer: Growing Your Own Fruit
Most mornings in winter I start my day with a bowl of oatmeal. That can get pretty dull, so I liven it up with a variety of fruits, most of which I grew myself and preserved either dried or frozen. Add some cinnamon or cardamom and a few nuts, and bland becomes bodacious. In my freezer I have blueberries, elderberries, blackberries, plums, apples, raspberries and a few peaches that I got by trading some apples with a friend. So if you're bored with breakfast, do some studying now about the various fruits you might grow, and plant them this summer.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NorthWoods Conservation Corps Seeking Summer Recruits
CHARLESTON -- Every summer, NorthWoods Stewardship Center recruits local high school students for conservation projects in and beyond the Northeast Kingdom. These teenagers join the NorthWoods Conservation Corps to build trails, improve wildlife habitats, plant trees on river banks, and battle invasive plants.
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bill Amos : Old Three-Eyes
Old Three-Eyes
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Vermont Biologists Racing Against Time To Save Bats
Although Vermont's populations of cave-dwelling bat species continue to drastically shrink in number every year, the rate of decline may be slowing down. Biologists with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department are working to determine if some individuals that remain are naturally resistant to the syndrome that has killed millions of bats to date.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bird Notes - Rare Vermont bird needs spring volunteers
Rare Vermont bird needs spring volunteers
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bird Notes - Rare Vermont bird needs spring volunteers
Rare Vermont bird needs spring volunteers
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Fruit Growing Workshops To Be Held In Walden
It's that time of year again, pruning and grafting season.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NorthWoods Stewardship Center Offering Fungi Presentation
In collaboration with the Old Stone House Museum, The Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston is hosting Lawrence Millman's presentation Fungi Presentation: A Painless Introduction to Polypores on Friday, March 21, from 7:30-9 p.m. Polypores are among the most interesting of all fungi. Some polypores can live for 70 years, some smell like anise, and there's one that can tip the scales at 300 pounds. They're also a vibrant part of the ecosystem- without them, the world would be virtually unrecognizable. Come to this event, and learn to celebrate these denizens of the New England forests.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014


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