Category Archives: Articles by Megen Hall

A Basil For Every Occasion

Originally native to India, basil has earned itself a seat at many a dinner table around the world. Most commonly found in Italian cuisine and a main ingredient in the popular condiment pesto, basil is also used in many Southeast … Continue reading

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The Roadside Stand Advantage: Is it Right for You?

As a young farmer in an already-saturated organic farming community, I have had to find creative solutions for marketing my produce. Our local coop and other stores selling local produce already have producers for most crops, so normally my only … Continue reading

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Shoots and Microgreens to Expand your Winter Market Selection

Living in a climate like Vermont, where growing greens outdoors all winter is not an option (or even in areas where it is), raising shoots and microgreens can be a great way to expand the selection of winter produce available … Continue reading

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A Garden Seed Worth Saving

Many years ago, I was working on a farm, and happened by a group of people who were gathered around for a workshop.  The man giving the workshop, who was about my age, was talking excitedly about plant sex which … Continue reading

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Sprouts and Shoots: For the Love of a Winter Salad

As we all search for ways to eat fresh, home-grown food year round—especially those of us with harsh winter climates—let us give tribute to the sprout and shoot…two super easy ways to feed your family fresh green and living foods … Continue reading

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A Market Garden in the Kingdom – Reflections on a New Business Venture

Nestled in a fertile river valley in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, my daughter and I have been breathing new life into a sweet old farm stand. I’ve finally been given the opportunity to put into practice all that I … Continue reading

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Companion Planting – Utilize nature’s diversity to improve the health of your garden

When dreaming of an ideal garden, one often imagines a neat and orderly, well-weeded and organized garden, not necessarily an overgrown forest, right?  Well…in some ways a forest can set a great example for your garden.  Biodiversity is nature’s very … Continue reading

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Organic Vegetable Crops that Store Well

In an era where food security is becoming a growing priority, having access to affordable and nutritious food all year, say in your basement or pantry, is becoming increasingly important to many families, including my own.  Canning, lacto-fermentation, and freezing … Continue reading

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Garden Planning: A Step by Step Approach

Whether you are breaking new ground or an experienced gardener, making a detailed plan can help you to make the best use of your space, prioritize your crops, and maximize your harvests.  While I love my wheel cultivator and swan … Continue reading

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Sowing Spring Salads

Looking forward to a scrumptious spring salad again?  ME TOO! There’s nothing quite like the first-of-the-season homegrown greens for flavor and freshness.  Warmer weather is right around the corner in most regions, so it is time again to begin planning … Continue reading

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