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Patchwork: Four days with a Sicilian family

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Barbara Ganley



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Vermont cooks and gardeners can get a little obsessed. We spot one another across a room and pull off to the side to swap stories and how-tos and what-ifs. We prowl Field Days in search of secrets to those blue ribbons. After all, we’re trying to grow better carrots and tweak that recipe for chocolate cake. We’re insatiable learners. We’re tinkerers. And, yes, we’re show-offs.

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Class cultivates food for thought

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — Last week, through a muggy, overcast haze, science teacher Gabe Hamilton and his sophomore Biology of Foods class diligently tended the Mount Abraham Union High School garden.

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Summer volunteers tend school gardens

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY –– Many Addison County schools have gardens that supply food to their lunch programs and teach students about agriculture during the academic year.

However, over the summer vacation, when these gardens need the most care, students are at home.

Three local schools — Ferrisburgh Central School, Lincoln Community School and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center — have figured out how to address this issue, with solutions ranging from committees to parent involvement to partnering with youth day camps.

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Patchwork: Botswana gardener shares common ground

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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My garden is no longer my own. I have a weeding partner early mornings, when the shadows are long and the air is cool. Annette, from Gaborone, Botswana, is the mother of our “host son,” Aubrey, who has been attending Middlebury College for the past four years. She arrived a week ago to witness his graduation.

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Patchwork: Of seeds and seedlings: A gardener's rocky start

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Barbara Ganley



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I had a bad dream the other night. A classic gardener’s nightmare.

In the dream I awoke to a soft, sunny morning: a perfect gardening day. Robins were working the lawn, orioles were singing cascades of silver notes from the treetops and swallows were darting above the field, black shooting stars against a deep blue sky.

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Patchwork: It's time to feast on spring's firsts

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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As afternoon shadows lengthen and we put away the tools from a day of gardening, I pick our first salad of the year.

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Patchwork: Harvest time comes with the Hunter's Moon

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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We harvested more potatoes today, on a warm clear afternoon, geese threading south high above. With the first killing frost a few days ago, we now light a fire in the fireplace at night, but steadfastly refuse to turn on the heat during the day. The temperature went down to 58 in the house; sweaters came out, quilts for the beds, the soup pot went on the stove and we began toting firewood.

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Patchwork: Oddities in the garden, wonders of the world

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



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On a table in my house sits what most people, including my entire extended family, find quite bizarre, something they cannot align with what they know of me.

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Patchwork: Seasonal rhythm: A conversation at Doolittle Farm

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Bay Hammond



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Editor’s note: This week’s column comes from mother-daughter farming duo Bay and Hilary Hammond. The Shoreham women’s column is written as a conversation of sorts about their experience this summer, the first season that Hilary has taken on full-time farming duties at Doolittle Farm. Bay’s comments alternate with Hilary’s

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Patchwork: Tuscan traditions reveal lost culinary arts

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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It is an unusual nursery school conversation. A teacher and I kneel down to where my son Charles holds his latest rendering of our family in his four-year-old fists. Four figures, one very tall (John), two medium sized (Charles and me), and one exceptionally small (the little brother), stand in front of a tall house with four windows and a front door.

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