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Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery:  ‘A Labor of Love That Stems From a  Love of Labor’

Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery: ‘A Labor of Love That Stems From a Love of Labor’

story and photos by Marichel Vaught When one thinks of vineyards and wineries, it is often within a setting akin to California’s Sonoma and Napa valleys or the rolling Italian village landscapes. An image of Vermont’s green mountains would more likely evoke maple tapping, rather than harvesting grapes for wine. Sure Northern California produces some […]

Food Industry Scrambles to Adopt Vermont’s GMO Labeling

by Carl Etnier With a little over two months until Vermont’s genetically modified organism labeling law takes effect on July 1, corporations in the food business are scrambling to comply. It’s not just billion-dollar food conglomerates that must change their labels, but also little general stores that make and package egg salad and other food. […]

The Future of Farming

by John O’Brien Last Thursday, at lunchtime, there was a tractor and a very large manure spreader, fully loaded, parked at the Tunbridge Elementary School. Gary Mullen, an organic dairy farmer, had timed it just right; he was hauling manure from his farm to a field 2.5 miles away, a trip that led him down […]

A Pie Is Born: How Carlo Rovetto Created Positive Pie

A Pie Is Born: How Carlo Rovetto Created Positive Pie

by Nat Frothingham As a boy growing up in Little Falls, New York, Carlo Rovetto remembers food — fresh food — at the center of family life. Talking about his mother’s cooking, he said, “We grew up in a culture where food was made from scratch and fresh. My mom had four or five spices. […]

Local Harvest: A Month by Month Guide

by Garrett Heaney Back in the fall, I wrote an article about apple season in Vermont and readers were rightfully impressed with our little state’s ability to produce such a diverse crop — something in the neighborhood of 70 varieties of apple pass through Hunger Mountain Coop alone every year. Now that winter has passed, […]

An Interview with Vermont Poet Laureate, Chard deNiord

An Interview with Vermont Poet Laureate, Chard deNiord

by Michelle A.L. Singer On Nov. 2, 2015, Chard deNiord of Westminster West, became the eighth Poet Laureate of Vermont. He follows in the footsteps of Sydney Lea, Ruth Stone, Grace Paley, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Louise Gluck, Galway Kinnell and Robert Frost who was named the first Poet Laureate of Vermont in 1961. The Vermont […]

What Exactly is Multiple Sclerosis and Why Should We Care About It?

by Marichel Vaught Imagine waking up in the morning, ready to prepare for the day ahead, when you notice that swinging your legs off the bed seemed to need a little more effort. And when you finally stand on your feet, you immediately topple over as if your legs are no longer there. Or, imagine […]

A Quest to be Healthy and Love it

A Quest to be Healthy and Love it

by Carla Occaso How can you be healthy and love it? I’ll tell you when I find out. But in recent weeks I spent some time going around to a couple of indoor fitness facilities as well as checking out some of our outdoor recreation attractions. And, though I haven’t yet found something that sticks […]

Meditating in Montpelier

Meditating in Montpelier

by Garrett Heaney MONTPELIER — Meditation means different things to different people. There are three groups practicing meditation in Montpelier, and each comes from its own tradition: the Shambhala Center, Mountains and Rivers Order (the Zen Affiliate of Vermont) and a new community meditation space opening above Tulsi Tea Room on Elm Street. I wanted […]

Nurse Offers the Healing Powers of Essential Oils

Nurse Offers the Healing Powers of Essential Oils

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Registered Nurse Lauren Andrews is the founder and clinical aromatherapist at AroMed Aromatherapy in Montpelier. Andrews is also an experienced psychiatric nurse who graduated from Norwich University Nursing School and her training includes 500 hours in clinical aromatherapy. She has also worked at Vermont State Hospital and at Central Vermont […]