until the late 1800s, Vermont was known as the "bread basket" of the region. But in the early 20th century,
grain growing began to taper off, as production became cheaper and markets
opened up in the Midwest. Now
some farmers are working to bring back grains like oats, barley and wheat on
farms in Vermont.
More farmers are growing wheat, oats, barley and other grains in Vermont. Also, Burlington Free Press reporter Candace Page on the migration of Bicknell’s Thrushes. And, the author of a book on Vermont "curiosities" shares his favorites.
Farmers are looking for different crops
to grow and new ways to improve the soil while protecting the environment. Some
of these innovations were on display in Alburgh this week, as researchers and
farmers got together to check out results from recent field trials.