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Green Up Day

Christine Mitchell Adams May 04, 2015

This year's poster artwork by Montpelier high school student, Chloe Boyce

This past Saturday, communities all over the state gathered for the 45th Green Up Day in Vermont. Founded in 1970 by Gov. Deane C. Davis, Green Up Day was the first of its kind in the country (it seems only natural that the green mountain state be the first to implement a statewide cleaning day). 

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All About Bees

Zoë Furlong May 01, 2015


This month, I focused on the topic of bees, which included watching three documentaries. I had heard the most buzz about Vanishing of the Bees (2009), which I found it to be a decent introduction to colony collapse disorder. Although I found the content was slightly dated and the cinematography was inconsistent. Queen of the Sun (2010) was more colorful and entertaining; it focused on the small holistic beekeepers, their quirky personalities and unwavering, almost religious devotion to their bees. More than Honey (2012) was the best of the bunch, in my opinion.

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Focal Banger

Christine Mitchell Adams April 29, 2015

You've likely heard of The Alchemist's Heady Topper (if not, you may want to stop what you're doing and drive to Vermont to find a can), but their Focal Banger IPA has been the talk of UM HQ lately. Its got a nice hoppy citrus kick to it and with less ABV, it's a little more drinkable than the Heady Topper.

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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 4.13-4.27

Zoë Furlong April 28, 2015

Public Integrity, Mar. 14th, 2015 — A loophole in a 57-year-old law allows companies to declare their ingredients are “generally recognized as safe” (G.R.A.S.)— and add them to foods without ever even telling federal regulators.

The Hill, Mar. 14th, 2015 — A bill introduced by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) allows industry groups to request chemical risk assessments, immediately starting a six-month clock for the EPA to complete a review. Critics of the bill argue that the review process could be exploited if businesses force the EPA to assess chemicals that aren’t much of a safety risk, leaving them without the time or resources to look at more dangerous chemicals. 

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How-To: Raised Garden Beds

Christine Mitchell Adams April 24, 2015

Spring is officially here, and with warmer days comes a renewed appetite for fresh vegetables and herbs. Installing a raised garden bed at your rural or urban home is a great way to grow your own produce year-round.  And beyond providing you with delicious chemical-free food, you’ll find that maintaining your new garden is a pretty pleasant and rewarding activity. We got in touch with a couple pros for a comprehensive guide on how to start and maintain your own raised garden bed(s).

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Words by John Muir

Christine Mitchell Adams April 21, 2015

image via PBS

To celebrate John Muir's birthday, we've gathered a few of our favorite quotes of his. Muir's words have often inspired us to protect and appreciate our natural surroundings. Today, we're feeling especially fortunate to live and work in Vermont - a state where nature and land is highly valued.  

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What Are Toxics?

Zoë Furlong April 20, 2015

You’ve probably heard the term “toxins” a lot lately (maybe a little too much!), and at this point you know they're best avoided. But what exactly are these “toxins” and what dangers do they pose? We’ve partnered with a physician and an environmental toxicologist to learn more about these toxic substances and to ensure that the information we’re providing is the most accurate and up-to-date.

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