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Oddities in the Garden: Wonders of the World

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.  After all, I pride myself on being an ecological gardener who tries to consider the impact of my actions on all the inhabitants of the garden, not […]

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Guest Post #9: Kate Corrigan & Sebastian Miska Write about Raising Meat & Labeling It

Barbara’s Note: I buy my meat from these two young farmers–fabulous pork shoulders and chops, chickens and ducks–and am much inspired by their example.  Kate Corrigan grew up in Shoreham, Vermont where her family raised their own eggs, pork and poultry. Sebastian Miska grew up in the Middlebury, Vermont area and enjoyed frequent visits to […]

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Cookielove: A Moment of Deep Community, Inspiration and Storytelling

It has been quite a week: Irene and her aftermath- an unfolding story of the Vermont community coming together to move through this disaster–and very personal losses friends have endured that have nothing to do with hurricanes. I couldn’t sleep for the stories and memories swirling about my head when the lights went out. So […]

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Seasonal and Creative Berry Desserts

Last Thursday we taught our first class of the summer, Beyond Pie: Desserts with Small Fruits and Berries to introduce people to new, unconventional ways to use berries in desserts. While pies, crisps, cobblers and crumbles are all delicious ways to use berries, we wanted to encourage our participants to be creative and not to […]

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On Gardening Fatigue: Moving through the Ides of July

My sister-in-law is about to come down with a bad case of mid-summer gardening fatigue. I can sense it creeping up on her—and many others– as it does every year right about now, just as the birds are quieting down from their early nesting hoopla, just as the sun hits its warm stride, just as […]

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Guest Series Launched with Hector Vila’s Post on Building a Parrilla

Today we unroll our new series, Food Stories: Memory, Culture, Perspective,  written by people who have thought a good deal about food, have terrific food stories to share and/or hold a recipe that means much more than just a successful pie or stew.  To open our world view and the conversation, and to ground ourselves […]

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Summer Series of Open View Kitchens’ Cooking Classes!

I’m lucky to have a family that likes to cook and eat together. Our tastes range, for sure–some of us do not like kale or Brussels sprouts,  some don’t like red meat, some will not eat hazelnuts.  When we splurge on ice cream in New York City (at Grom or Van Leeuwen), our choices range […]

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Sign Up for a Summer Cooking Class at Open View Gardens!

If you’re in Vermont this summer, join us for one of  scheduled class sessions in our lovely home kitchen–tour the gardens while you’re here!–or arrange a private class or give a cooking class as a gift. Download our flyer or our brochure, call or email (openviewgardens@gmail.com) with questions or to sign up.  See our class […]

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Gardening in a Time of Climate Chaos

Last month was the wettest April on record in these parts. And right now May isn’t exactly feeling dry. Lake Champlain has reached record levels; the rivers leap from their banks; the fields are soggy.  Even our pond which never ever floods is making noises about heading out over its banks and down to the […]

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On Volunteerism in the Vegetable Garden

Published in the Addison Independent PATCHwork Column 4/21/11 Some call them uninvited guests, interlopers, opportunists, ne’er-do-wells, even weeds. Earnest gardeners work hard at banishing these trespassers from vegetable beds, pulling them in fall and spring, evicting them when they pop up during the summer. It makes sense, I suppose. If left to their druthers, they’ll […]

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