Ron Krupp

Commentator

Ron Krupp is a gardener and author who lives near Lake Champlain on Shelburne Bay. His most recent book is titled: Lifting The Yoke - Local Solutions To America's Farm And Food Crisis.

Krupp: Spread Of EAB

Oct 1, 2018

I live in the city of South Burlington where roughly 13 percent of the trees are ash - a popular tree known for its fast growth, nice shade, and ability to adapt to a range of soil conditions, plus its golden amber colors in the fall.

Krupp: Crazy Snake Worms

Aug 1, 2018

When I dig in my garden soil in spring, I look forward to seeing earthworms, since I know they add to the humus in the soil with their castings.

One of my favorite activities is go on bird watching trips and hang out with knowledgeable folks who can identify birds before seeing them – simply by their calls.

Aika Sarkasova came here from the Ukraine, as my own family had generations before. And she gave me some seeds from her heirloom tomatoes, brought from her native country, with which I’ve grown Aika's heirlooms for many years since.

Mark Kastel is the co-director of the organic advocacy non-profit, Cornucopia, and Mark says we’re seeing the rise of two definitions of organic.

On snowy evening just before Thanksgiving, a meeting was held in Franklin, Vermont to discuss toxic pollution in Lake Carmi.

Friend and fellow gardener Fred Schmidt and I have been offering composting workshops to the public at the Tommy Thompson Community Garden, with support from the Chittenden Regional Solid Waste District.

Krupp: Light Rail Service

Sep 25, 2017

From the re-development of Church Street to plans for a thirty million dollar, two and a half mile Champlain Parkway, Burlington is re-inventing itself.

I wonder what would happen if all Vermont schools, churches, and businesses planted a portion of their property with pollinator-friendly plants for a butterfly garden or a bee habitat.

Krupp: New Recycling Law

Jun 22, 2017

Landfill disposal of recyclables like glass, paper and plastic milk jugs – fully half the trash discarded by Vermont residents and businesses – is banned by Vermont’ New Recycling law.

In the spring of 1969 I worked in the apple orchards at Scott Farm in Dummerston. And back then I’d never heard of climate change. Yet today, Zeke Goodband, the manager of Scott Farm is relying more on wild bees for pollination because they work in cooler temperatures and tolerate wind and wet weather. And Goodband says native bees seem more resilient and better able to deal with climate instability.

In hydroponics, plants are fed in a greenhouse setting with fertilized irrigation water instead of soil. And when I was a commercial organic vegetable grower some thirty years ago, I would have been hard put to find any hydroponic lettuce growing in Vermont.

Krupp: The Winter Garden

Nov 30, 2016

It wasn’t that long ago that folks put their gardens to rest in late fall by raking and burning leaves and cutting down dead plant material and hauling it off. This resulted in yards being made clean and devoid of life.

Krupp: Waste Not

Oct 18, 2016

If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases on Earth.

Krupp: Hunger

Sep 28, 2016

This month, the Vermont Foodbank, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, has been working to mobilize all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger. This initiative, designated Hunger Action Month, is designed to raise awareness of the fact that 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, are food insecure which translates into children being hungry and not knowing where their next meal is coming from.

Krupp: Bee-pocalyse

Jul 29, 2016

When I was growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, the ‘Louisville Lip’, then still known as Cassius Clay, and later Mohammed Ali, would come into my dad’s drug store after training down the street for the Golden gloves for an ice-cream cone and some change to take the bus home. Then, while eating the cone, he would playfully hold me off with his other hand.

Krupp: Brown Thumb

May 24, 2016

Thirty one percent of all U.S. households, an estimated 36 million, participated in food gardening in 2008. Twenty one percent of food gardening households in 2009 are new to gardening. But I can’t help wondering why these numbers aren’t even higher.

I was at the grocery store a few days ago when the woman at the checkout started asking me some questions about gardening. The woman behind me overheard the conversation and commented that while her sister was a great gardener, she herself had a brown thumb.

Another time, the woman who delivers my mail told me her husband won’t let her garden because she once pulled out a young clematis vine, thinking it was a weed. And these encounters got me thinking about how, for too many aspiring gardeners, life in the backyard can be a string of disappointments - where gardens are places where plants go to wither, and working with shovels and hoes is more like digging grave s than growing plants.

As a young boy in Marshfield, Arthur Gilman roamed the woods and wetlands around his home. His family spent summers at their camp on Peacham Pond. Gilman remembers that even before he started school, he liked to go out every day and look for wild flowers.

One of the most exciting gardening innovations I’ve seen in recent years are the "teaching gardens" run by the Vermont Community Garden Network - or VCGN - where new participants learn the A to Z's of basic organic gardening.

Well folks, it’s been another weird weather year. In fact, 2015 was the hottest year on record. 2014 was the second hottest.
 

In my front yard, snapdragons, violets, dandelions and forsythia were in flower right before Christmas. I’ve heard from friends that daffodils and crocus were also blooming. And I’ve been worried about the swelling of the buds in the trees.

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