Recent research suggests that wild bees can significantly improve the yield and quality of blueberries on farms. The study indicates that wild bees improve blueberry yields and the quality of the crop, including larger and more berries—and earlier harvests—by two and a half days, improving farm revenues. The study, conducted in nine berry farms across the state, highlights the importance of wild bees to global agriculture and the need to protect wild bee populations. Read more about the study here.
Allergic reactions from ragweed may increase due to a warming climate.A recent study from the Universities of Washington and Massachusetts has found that ragweed, a common plant, is shifting its habitat northward to Vermont as the climate warms. Ragweed produces copious amounts of pollen, causing runny noses, itchy eyes, itchy throats and even headaches for people with hay fever.
The so-called “Back-to-the-Landers”—those droves of people who moved to Vermont in the ‘60’s and ‘70s to pursue an agrarian, self-sufficient lifestyle—are the predecessors of today’s foodies, says author Jonathan Kauffman. In Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat, Kauffman journeys back in time to chronicle how that era’s Vermont farm collectives, California vegetarian restaurants, midwestern organic food store owners and counterculture farmers changed how we eat today. Hippie Food was recently named one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018; read a review here.