21st Century Technology Meets 19th Century Solution

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Charged with bringing fiber optic broadband internet access to all of Vermont by 2013, a Belgian draft horse named Fred is part of the cabling crew. Reuters has the story. In Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom an aging Belgian draft horse named Fred is part of a team racing to bring broadband [...]

SNAP Up Those Plants and Seeds

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I just stumbled across a little-known USDA program (thanks to a mention in Civil Eats) that deserves publicity. For nearly 40 years, people who use food stamps have been able to use them to buy vegetable seeds and plants for their own gardens. The 1973 Farm Bill included an amendment to [...]