Center Farm in East Montpelier. Photo by Michael Jermyn

How to Make a Million Dollars Farming

by John O’Brien I used to advertise myself, in the movie business, as “the only filmmaker in America who can shear a sheep and milk a cow.” It was a catchy line, but was probably not a fact. When dairy farmer and filmmaker George Woodard was a pup, did he ever shear a sheep?  I don’t […]

Volunteers help pack bags at Just Basics, Inc in the basement of Trinity Church for the Montpelier Rotary's Backpack Program at Union Elementary School. From left to right, Rotary volunteers Robert Lehmert, Dave Rubel, John Maddox, Bill Pinchbeck, Dona Bate, Joannie Pinchbeck, and Kristen Andrews, executive director of Just Basics Inc.

Caring for the Community with Montpelier Rotary’s Backpack Program

by Michelle A.L. Singer What does a bagful of instant oatmeal, tuna fish, peanut butter, orange juice, milk, tomato soup, breakfast bars, beef stew, corn, mac and cheese, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a bar of soap mean to you? If you are one of the 1-in-5 kids in America, including in Vermont, who live in […]

Mary Alice Proffitt stands in front of the property that will house her new restaurant. Photo by Carla Occaso.

New Restaurant to Provide ‘Southern Comfort’

by Carla Occaso  MONTPELIER — The tortoise that used to reside in the children’s book room of the former Rivendell Books has moved across the street into Bear Pond Books and workers have already started toiling away to turn the building on the corner of Langdon and Main into a restaurant. Mary Alice Proffitt, of […]

Photo by Michael Jermyn

Dress Donation to Help Committee

by Nat Frothingham Montpelier High School teacher Barb Austin-Hutchins captures a moment of excitement as she shows off a display of prom dresses now on sale at MHS. According to Austin-Hutchins, 96 prom dresses with a combined retail value of about $16,000 were recently donated by a central Vermont bridal shop to MHS to help […]

Celery, parsley, lettuce and spinach seedlings. Photo courtesy of Miriam Hansen.

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Time to Start the Seedlings…

by Miriam Hansen After a month in the Southwest, it has only taken a day or so for us to get mighty tired of the cold weather! We planted onions, parsley, celery and some of the slower germinating annual and perennials before we left in early March. My daughter also started tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, […]

Solar-powered sugarhouse

Living in a World of Maple

by Bette Lambert Welcome to my world. As a child, at sugaring time on our farm, I shared the thrills of riding on the gathering sled, clutching the edge of the strainer to stay on, as the bulldozer lurched over hummocks in the sugarwoods. When the sap tank was full, we were apt to be […]

Artwork by Kate Bunim

Pioneering Farmers Are Reinventing Vermont Agriculture

by Nancy Humphrey Case I’ve traveled around Vermont for the past seven years visiting farms of all kinds and sizes and I have written about them for Vermont Magazine. I chatted with Gary Davis of Jericho, up starting at 3 a.m. and not likely to get to bed before 9 p.m., while he milked his […]

Cynthia Duprey

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Out of Adversity, Barre Bookstore Born

by Joshua Jerome On Thursday May 26, 2011, Barre was consumed by a deluge that created debris filled flash floods and significant damage to personal property. And while the storm raged on, Cynthia Duprey was out of state with one of her daughters on a school function. The next morning, Cynthia’s husband, Bill Duprey, assessed […]

Barre Farmer’s Market to Open May 16

Barre Farmer’s Market to Open May 16

by Carla Occaso BARRE — The farmer’s market is returning to the Vermont Granite Museum beginning Saturday, May 16. This location was a new place last year after previously being located at the lawn beside the “Youth Triumphant” statue at the intersection of Routes 14 and 302 on Thursdays. But last year they switched to […]

April 16 - May 6, 2015

Firefighters Rescued Elderly Woman from the River

MONTPELIER — On Wednesday April 15, at around noon, the Montpelier Police received a 911 call from the area of 326 State St. about a woman in the river yelling for help. Montpelier Police, along with Montpelier Fire Department and the Vermont State Police, responded to the area. Responders located a female in the river […]