Why Farmland Preservation Is Crucial to Our Future

April and her son, Austen in front of their family’s dairy cows

The following guest post is by April Moon, a Conservation and Outreach Associate at Connecticut Farmland Trust. Farmland preservation and why it matters The United States loses over one acre of farmland every minute. Just think about that. Today, less than one fifth of America’s land is classified high-quality; and we need that land, to […]

How to Find Native Plants for Your Garden

The flowering dogwood is native to Connecticut and provides food and shelter for many birds and insects

Using plants that are native to your region is becoming more and more important to gardeners who are interested in the environmental impact of what they plant and how they grow things. I’m talking perennial flowers, trees, shrubs, that sort of thing. I’ll talk about vegetables in a minute. And I have a super easy […]

The Easiest Way to Compost in the Winter

Fall leaves ready to compost

A couple of winters ago I inadvertently discovered a simple new way to compost the fall leaves that somehow didn’t make it into my regular compost pile during fall cleanup. I call it Gutter Composting. Let me explain how I made this amazing discovery. In the fall, I was really swamped with all the normal […]

Franger Farm: A Tale of Suburban Farming

Phyl Martin: Mrs. Franger Farm

This guest post is by Phyl Martin aka “Mrs. Franger Farm.” Here’s her story of how she got hooked on suburban micro farming in Australia with her family. They live in Frankston South, about an hour from Melbourne by car. While those of us in the northern hemisphere are finally getting over winter, the Franger […]

Fred Kirschenmann on the Importance of Sustainable Farming

Restore the soil-Fred Kirschenmann

On Saturday, March 1, 2014 I was fortunate enough to attend the 32nd Annual CT-NOFA Winter Conference. That stands for the Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. It was held at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT There was a wonderful array of vendors with products and information on display. Three sessions […]