Ron Krupp


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.

As the cold advances, I like to reflect on favorite warm weather moments – like the trip I took this summer to the Alburgh Dunes and Bog on a tour sponsored by the Vermont Hardy Plant Club and led by plant biologist Liz Thompson.

Ever since Tropical Storm Irene flooded the slopes and valleys of Vermont in late August of 2011, we’ve become much more aware of how climate change is affecting our lives.

Krupp: Missisquoi

Aug 5, 2015

The Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge in Northwestern Vermont near Canada is by far the best nature preserve in the Green Mountains. It was established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds that extend along the Atlantic Flyway between northern breeding grounds and southern wintering areas. The refuge consists of over 67-hundred acres, mostly wetland habitats, with more than 200 species of birds.

Krupp: Odd Growing Season

Jun 30, 2015

I'd been hoping for a summer of gardening with intervals of blue skies and sun interspersed with soft rain and even a few rainbows. But of course, that's always my ideal scenario and so far it's been a rather strange season.

Krupp: Riparian Buffers

May 29, 2015

The Intervale Conservation Nursery in Burlington was founded in 2002 and is dedicated to growing native, locally sourced trees and shrubs for riparian restoration projects throughout Vermont.

Krupp: Birds in the Bush

Apr 20, 2015

The Bird Friendly Maple Project is a partnership between local Audubon biologists, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association with support from the Proctor Maple Research Center and the Vermont Community Foundation.

Turns out there's more to maple sugaring than boiling sap into sweet syrup - and it's all about the birds. Each May, many maple sugarbushes ring with the songs of migratory birds such as the wood thrush, scarlet tanager, the Eastern wood pewee and black throated blue warbler.

Krupp: Spring Reflections

Feb 23, 2015

Right about now, most of us are happy to get out of the cold and blowing snow for a little while. And for three days - from the 27th of February to March 1st, the Vermont Flower Show invites us to do just that. The theme this year is Spring Reflections, and the goal is to inspire ideas for the gardening season ahead.

Krupp: Hard Cider

Dec 23, 2014

Not long ago, many Vermont farms made fresh cider in late fall, storing it in large wooden kegs with an air lock to allow the cider to ferment into hard cider - and eventually, into vinegar.

Krupp: Garden Review

Nov 21, 2014

2014 was a bumper year for tomatoes in my garden, and most of my vegetables grew with abandon. Believe it or not, I'm still eating lettuce and other greens from my cold-frame as well as kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli from my community garden plot. I cover the cold-frame to protect the plants from freezing rain and cold to extend the growing season. The vegetables that struggled the most were eggplants and peppers due to the cooler than normal temperature - but we had a good berry year.

For more than twenty five years, I've been gardening at the Tommy Thompson Community Garden in the Intervale in Burlington. During that time, I've taught classes for new gardeners as well as learning as much as I've taught, especially from immigrants from countries like Bosnia and Nicaragua. Aika Sarkosova of the Ukraine has given me heirloom tomato seeds from her country of origin. The Mai family from Vietnam has taught me how to grow and prepare Asian greens.

Krupp: Border Crisis

Jul 28, 2014

My good friend of many years, Ash Eames of Wentworth, New Hampshire died recently. But for a good part of his life, Ash was involved in community development work and the peace and justice movement in Nicaragua. And I believe that his legacy - along with that of countless others - could be instructive in helping us respond to the plight of thousands of unaccompanied children now streaming across the Texas border. They come from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras - but not, as it happens, Nicaragua.

For seven years, Branch Out Burlington - a group that encourages people to plant new trees and care for them - has welcomed spring by offering bare-root trees for sale to the public at reasonable prices. The trees are grown at the tree nursery at UVM's Horticulture Farm in South Burlington. In addition, an all-volunteer group transplants trees from the nursery to sites along the streets of Burlington. The Tree Keepers, as they're called, plant and care for the trees in order to increase the number of trees in the Queen City and improve our precious green spaces.

Recently, the Burlington Free Press reported that "Vermont's 10-year goal of adding 1,700 farm-to-plate related jobs has been met in just four and a half years, with credit given to consumer demand." These numbers came from the 2013 annual report of Farm to Plate, an initiative designed to boost the food and farm economy in Vermont. The food manufacturing sector experienced the most growth. Vermont Smoke and Cure, for example, moved into a 21,000 square facility in Hinesburg - nearly triple the size of the original plant in Barre.

Krupp: 1491

Jan 17, 2014

The best book I read last year was `1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.' It's a book by Charles Mann, published in 2005, that dispels many myths about pre-Columbian America.

In Vermont, there are many farm and food projects taking place - from Farmers' Markets and upscale restaurants serving local food, to Food Hubs and CSA's. They're in the news every day, but here are three initiatives that you don't often hear much about.

Krupp: GMOs

Sep 23, 2013

I've often heard it said that families that sit down together for an evening meal have lots to talk about. And recently, when I was having supper with friends, the family's young daughter raised the question, "why don't we have a right to know what's in our food." I wasn't surprised since I know how inquisitive she is and how much she likes to ask questions. And the fact is that her question is being asked today by many people across the country, especially when it comes to genetically modified ingredients.

I met Colonel Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame while attending the University of Kentucky in 1962. The Colonel sat down with my parents and me at one of his restaurants in Lexington, Kentucky. He wore his famous white suit and string tie and looked exactly as he did in his pictures.

Back then, of course, they were still called Kentucky Fried Chicken - but in today's health conscious world, "Fried" is no longer politically correct so now they're known simply as "KFC."

Two miles from the urban core of Burlington, the Intervale Food Hub markets and distributes local vegetables, blueberries, maple syrup, breads, apples, cider, eggs, salmon, meats and cheeses.

Krupp: Indigenous Gifts

Dec 18, 2012