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Ian and Joe Birkett with a hops vine. Photos: Angela Evancie.
Ian and Joe Birkett with a hops vine. Photos: Angela Evancie.

Farmers under 40: new direction for an old farm

"Get big or get out" is a common wisdom in the dairy industry. And many small-scale farms have gotten out. Northern New York has half the dairy farms it did 20 years ago, and the remaining farms are generally much bigger. Some are much, much bigger.

In Vermont, the number of dairy farms dropped below 1,000 in May. But not everybody getting out of dairy is leaving farming altogether. One family operation in Ferrisburgh is repurposing the farm, and starting small. Angela Evancie has this installment of our series, Farmers Under 40.  Go to full article
A West Virginia White. Photo by Kevin Hemeon.
A West Virginia White. Photo by Kevin Hemeon.

Heard Up North: Tracking the elusive West Virginia White

If there's an upside to this season's devastating weather, it's that we feel an even greater appreciation for the more benevolent signs of spring and summer. Butterflies are one of those welcome sights, and many early-season species are starting to take flight.

For this Heard Up North, Angela Evancie met up with Kevin Hemeon at Park McCullough's Mile-Around-Woods in North Bennington, Vermont to look for a rare butterfly called the West Virginia White. Hemeon is a butterfly enthusiast - he contributed more than 2,000 records to a state butterfly survey that was recently released by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. (Hemeon didn't spot any butterflies on this outing, but at least it wasn't raining.)  Go to full article
Photo by Angela Evancie
Photo by Angela Evancie

Bikes break down migrant worker barriers

It's practically a given that you need a car if you want to live in a rural place. Not all towns have grocery stores or pharmacies. Work can be miles away.

The distances and empty landscapes are particularly isolating for the hundreds of undocumented workers on dairy farms in the region. Undocumented migrant workers, can't drive - they're not eligible for driver's licenses.

A group of Middlebury College students is providing local farm workers with a two-wheeled alternative.

Angela Evancie has the story.  Go to full article
A rehabilitating Barred Owl at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
A rehabilitating Barred Owl at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Barred Owl struggled through tough winter

This winter's record-breaking snows have taken a toll on our roads and our roofs. But we humans aren't the only ones having a hard time. Barred Owls in New York and Vermont have been struggling to hunt prey under the deep snow pack. So the nocturnal hunters have been getting creative - and showing up in unexpected places. Angela Evancie has more.  Go to full article

Sisters answer the call of the Earth

Catholic sisters have long been associated with activism - from fighting poverty to promoting education and social justice. Today, sisters across the country are uniting around a new cause: healing the earth. Angela Evancie has the story of two women who have brought a version of "green" Catholicism to Vermont. Angela is contributing environmental reporting this year as part of a Compton Mentor Fellowship.  Go to full article

Greening the Afterlife, Part IV

Over the past few months we've been bringing you stories about Vermonters who are "greening the afterlife." Home burial and other do-it-yourself methods are legal in Vermont.

It's different in New York State. Today, we hear from a man who dealt with death on both sides of Lake Champlain - and found that different laws made for a very different experience. Angela Evancie has more in this, Part IV of the series.

(Angela Evancie is working with NCPR this year as part of a Compton Mentor Fellowship.)  Go to full article
Rich Greenough. Photo: Angela Evancie.
Rich Greenough. Photo: Angela Evancie.

It's a fisherman's life

For many of us, growing up and getting a job meant leaving our childhood hobbies behind. For some, though, play and work have always been one and the same. Rich Greenough of Essex, Vermont is one of those lucky few. He fished as a child, he fished for a living, and now, on the eve of his retirement, he's planning on doing more fishing. Angela Evancie has his story.  Go to full article
Gary King [photo courtesy King family]
Gary King [photo courtesy King family]

Greening the Afterlife, Part III: a resting place at home

When we think of the death of a family member, we usually think of cemeteries and funeral parlors. But some people are taking burial home. Home burial is legal in both New York and Vermont. In New York, however, a licensed funeral director has to be involved. In our series, "Greening the Afterlife," we've met a Vermont woman who wants to be buried behind her home. And we've heard from a carpenter who builds biodegradable wooden coffins. You can hear those stories and watch slide shows of them on our website, ncpr.org. In part 3 of the series, Angela Evancie introduces us to a Vermont family who already buried a husband and father on their own property.  Go to full article
Vermont coffinmaker Richard Winter
Vermont coffinmaker Richard Winter

Greening the Afterlife, Part II

A Vermont coffin builder is taking a new approach to burial. Richard Winter, sole proprietor of Vermont Coffins, builds biodegradable coffins from locally harvested wood. It's "back to the land" brought to a new level - a philosophy that Winter's customers appreciate. Angela Evancie visited his wood shop in Calais Vermont and came back with this radio essay.  Go to full article
Elinor Randall
Elinor Randall

Greening the Afterlife, Part I

When it comes to making funeral arrangements, many assume that doing so means giving in to death. Not so for Elinor Randall. The Plainfield, Vermont woman makes no bones about planning for her burial. Several years ago, she established a cemetery on her own property. Angela Evancie spoke with Randall about her choice  Go to full article

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