Features

New Farm, Old Roots: Bringing Organic Produce to Barre and Beyond

New Farm, Old Roots: Bringing Organic Produce to Barre and Beyond

by Emily Kaminsky The old Watt Farm, on Snowbridge Road in Barre Town, got a new lease on life last year when owners Ted Russell and Josie Ritter worked with the Farmland Access Program at the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) to conserve and sell the 87-acre farm to Jon Wagner and Karin Bellemare. This was […]

Amber Plots of Grain

by Bob Nuner As locavore and sustainable agriculture movements continue to spread, grain- and commodity-growing have re-established themselves in the Northeast. The Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA), with strong support from the University of Vermont Extension Service’s St. Albans-based Crops and Soils Group, is boosting efforts to re-establish grain and oilseed production in Vermont. The […]

A Different Model of Community Gardening

A Different Model of Community Gardening

by Joyce Kahn How does a quarter-acre of lawn get transformed in two months into gardens that  not only can feed the gardeners but also provide food for local agencies that feed people? Driving by The Garden at 485 Elm, as the new community garden is called, I snatched glimpses this spring and summer of […]

Do Humanely Raised Animals Make Better Burgers?

Do Humanely Raised Animals Make Better Burgers?

by Carla Occaso What is humanely raised meat? What’s a factory farm? Does it matter if, in its original bovine form, the hamburger you just ate slept on a comfortable bed, listened to classical music and got plenty of outdoor exercise? “If only humanely raised had a clear meaning. Instead, farmers and food companies define […]

Wood as Fuel: Sustainability, Resources, and Policy Conflicts

 by Bob Nuner When we contemplate large wood-burning systems, the question of fuel-wood supply arises. Paul Frederick, utilization forester at Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (DFPR), has suggested that district heat represents only a small part of Vermont’s wood demand, while nearly half our annual wood use is for residential heating. The next-largest […]

School District Consolidation in Washington County?

School District Consolidation in Washington County?

By Carla Occaso-  On a recent in-service day hosted by Principal Jean Berthiaume at Fayston Elementary School, Moretown Elementary teachers joined their Fayston colleagues to share ideas, resources and camaraderie in order to solidify strategies to face the challenges of the coming school year. The two schools share some staff and plan to increase the […]

Corinth Celebrates 250th Anniversary with a Service of Inclusion

Corinth Celebrates 250th Anniversary with a Service of Inclusion

By Nat Frothingham- This year, the Orange County town of Corinth has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding. Accordingly, on Sunday, Aug. 17, I drove down to Corinth from Montpelier for the final event of the 250 Old Home Day weekend—an ecumenical service at the East Corinth Congregational Church. The centerpiece of the […]

School Consolidation: Three Influential Players Discuss the Issue

By Nat Frothingham- On Town Meeting Day this March 4, when 35 of 272 school budgets went down to defeat—the largest number of school budget defeats in Vermont in a decade—politicians in Montpelier and school people across the state took notice. The budget defeats were not confined to small towns. Jurisdictions that rejected school budgets […]

In Waterbury, the Alchemy Continues

In Waterbury, the Alchemy Continues

By C.B. Hall- The Alchemist, the Waterbury brewery that has given the world—or at least a small part of it—Heady Topper beer, will soon be expanding its operations to Stowe, but that won’t mean any reduction in its prospering operation in Waterbury. So says Jen Kimmich, who with her husband, John, owns the brewery. In […]

Interview with Kate Stephenson, Executive Director of Waitsfield’s Yestermorrow Design/Build School

Interview with Kate Stephenson, Executive Director of Waitsfield’s Yestermorrow Design/Build School

By The Bridge Staff- Kate Stephenson, executive director of Yestermorrow Design/Build School, grew up in Plainfield, New Hampshire. She holds a BA in anthropology and environmental science from Pennsylvania’s Haverford College and an MS in management from New Hampshire’s Antioch University New England. In 2002, at age 24, she came to Yestermorrow as an intern, […]