The Art of Agriculture continues on Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. with a discussion led by Jessie Schmidt, coordinator for community and agriculture programs with UVM Extension. Jessie will talk about the challenges faced by rural farmers' markets and the factors that promote their long-term success. She'll also touch on other buy-local options relevant to the Randolph area. Free and open to the public. Come be part of the discussion about small-scale agriculture in our community.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
In 1969, after a year of living in Paris, I moved to Florence, Italy, where I got a job teaching English. I rented an apartment in Fiesole, a nearby Etruscan hill village. The next eight months were among the most pleasant of my life. Each morning I would ride my Vespa down into Florence. Each afternoon I would return to Fiesole to stroll through the Roman ruins behind the village, visit my friend the librarian at the Franciscan monastery, or read la Divina Commedia at a café under the lime trees. When I left to return to the United States, my landlady gave me this sculpture of a woman's head. She told me she had found it in the fields around Fiesole when she was a girl, and that it was Etruscan. —Tom Cooch
Saturday, June 9, 2012
|A post card collage from a bicycle trip of Holland . . .|
|A signed bottle of artisanal tequila . . .|
|. . . made by Eliseo Gomez of Oaxaca.|
|And a man's carry-all from Guatemala . . .|
|These were some of the artifacts gleaned . . .|
|During a gathering of Club de la Grenouille . . .|
|On the eve of the opening of "The Art of Travel" . . .|
Sunday, June 3, 2012
|Girl With Blue Shawl, photograph by Wink Willett|
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Pebble Brook Farm in Brookfield, it was the smell of his grandfather's greenhouse that turned him on. Natvig, who had "zero dollars" to invest as a beginning farmer, got his start with help from retired farmers and "an awesome business plan" that he crafted in the Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program. Andrew Stowe, the new manager of Highfields Farm in Randolph, also stressed the importance of business training. All portrayed Vermont as a supportive environment for beginning farmers. The interns, who come from California, Minnesota, and North Carolina, picked Fat Toad Farm out of a variety of internships offered on a list-serve called Good Food Jobs ("satisfying the hunger for meaningful work"). Among the reasons they gave for their choice were the chance to work with livestock, the farm's New England location, its effective marketing and publicity materials, and above all, the high quality of its internship program.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
|Gillianchicago for Creative Commons|
Friday, April 27, 2012
|Tree Line, acrylic on canvas, 24x32|
Hardwick artist Marie LaPré Grabon has been painting the Vermont landscape for over 30 years. She writes: “As we humans push the land to the brink of disaster, I have begun to think of my paintings as small prayers, small pleas to the world to remember, to love.” "Love Songs," an exhibit of her work, runs through June 3. Join us today for the opening reception from 5 to 7 pm. Hors d'oeuvres by Black Krim Tavern, our neighbors on Merchants Row.