Pretty pasture thieves

CEW-MR-1-Buttercups54881by Sally Colby

The sight of horses standing in a field of bright yellow buttercups is attractive, but buttercups in a horse pasture aren’t good. The presence of buttercups, especially an overabundance, signals the need for more proactive pasture management. [Read more…]

Middlebury students study greens for farmers

CN-MR-3-Middlebury31by Bethany M. Dunbar

Students at Middlebury Union High School have been growing a wide variety of greens and carefully keeping track of data for local farmers. The project, part of the high school’s alternative education program, is a way for students to learn about agriculture and business. Students create business plans for their garden beds, pay their expenses and sell the greens to the high school cafeteria. Although the money they spend and make is not actual money, the math and business practices they learn are as real as can be. [Read more…]

Normandes for Gourmands

CN-MR-3-NORMANDES_17321by Laura Rodley

On the varied landscape of New England are dual-purpose herds of cattle with white coats dotted with what resembles brown jigsaw pieces, called Normande, used for both beef and dairy. Set against New England’s lush hills and valleys, it could be Normande in northwest France where the breed originates, used primarily for producing butter and cheese, such as world famous Camembert. [Read more…]