Women at Work: Roles expand in farming and forestry

Women at Work: Roles expand in farming and forestry

It’s springtime after a long, snowy winter at Blue Ledge Farm in Leicester, and some of the roads in Addison County are flooded. A nearby farmer has bought the last spring doeling, but with roads underwater, she hadn’t been able to pick her up. Hannah Sessions,...
A New Need for an Old Tradition: Hunters help Vermont’s forests

A New Need for an Old Tradition: Hunters help Vermont’s forests

Maple sugar maker Ed Smith is intimately acquainted with the 150-plus protected acres surrounding his home in Rockingham. He has been walking the hilly property ever since he was a 12-year-old boy. Now 62, Ed helps manage the forests and fields, including promoting...
Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Milkweed, long considered little more than a pesky intruder, could become a profitable crop for Vermont farmers. Research being led by University of Vermont plant agronomist Heather Darby suggests that the white, fluffy floss produced by the plant’s seed pods has...