Growing  better gardens
Jul16

Growing better gardens

Valley News Correspondent NORWICH — Anne Fayen’s most recent project is a hedge of tropical plants arranged in the atrium of the Montshire Museum of Science. “I’ve always been wary of these kinds of potted houseplants,” Fayen said. “They remind me of going to the dentist.” But this carefully considered display is nothing like the wilting decor of a waiting room. Fayen has worked professionally with plants for more than 40 years, and...

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Pres. Biden’s support might boost right-to-repair efforts in N.H.
Jul16

Pres. Biden’s support might boost right-to-repair efforts in N.H.

Monitor staffNew Hampshire’s right-to-repair community is looking with interest at President Biden’s push for new rules that would let farmers repair equipment they have bought, although it’s far from clear what effect this might have here. “This is welcome news for farmers and consumers. … Manufacturers are making it harder every day for consumers to fix their products, and this results in a lot of gear being tossed in the scrap...

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How the outdoor economy impacts the Upper Valley’s economy
Jul16

How the outdoor economy impacts the Upper Valley’s economy

Executive Director, Upper Valley Business AllianceThroughout the pandemic, we have been hearing of how people are rediscovering the outdoors. It was a safe space to escape our homes when we needed to socially distance and the outdoors provided a respite from looking at four walls day in and out.Although the sudden surge outside came with issues in obtaining sporting equipment and overcrowded trails, many businesses and organizations...

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‘Doing work that has a purpose’
Jul16

‘Doing work that has a purpose’

Valley News Staff Writer/Enterprise Editor Ben Canonica, of Chelsea, has always liked playing in the dirt and being out in nature. In 2007, he started his business, Canonica Farm & Forest Services, where he focuses on trail building, general excavation, stonework and riverbank and habitat restoration. “A lot of times I think it’s like being a little kid. A lot of little kids enjoy playing in the brooks and as little boys we always...

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Creating aquatic environments
Jul16

Creating aquatic environments

Valley News Correspondent STRAFFORD — The first pond Tim Matson owned was on a piece of land he shared with a former girlfriend in Strafford. When they split up and he bought 50 acres across town in 1978, he missed the pond at his old digs. “I had gotten familiar with how groovy ponds are,” Matson said. So he decided to design one himself. Matson is still there to this day: It’s the pond his kids would ultimately learn to skate on.For...

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Working with the trees
Jul16

Working with the trees

Valley News Correspondent HANOVER — About 70 feet up an 80-foot white pine on a private parcel overlooking the Connecticut River, Nate Moore skillfully handles a small chainsaw and carefully cuts a notch near the top of the tree.Moore had already removed all the limbs as he worked his way from the bottom up and was now tackling the main trunk of the tree, removing sections from the top down.Watching from a distance, Travis Vickerson,...

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Building for future generations
Jul16

Building for future generations

Valley News Correspondent WOODSTOCK — There are thousands of miles of public trails for hiking and other outdoor pursuits throughout the United States on federal, state and municipally-owned land. From the flat, short and easy stroll through a meadow or marshland to the more challenging steep trails to mountain summits, there are trails for people of every ability level. But, as the National Park Service’s website declares, “trails...

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Going from food scraps to more food: 														How Willow Tree Community Compost and Sunrise Farm partnered together to keep waste out of landfills
Apr16

Going from food scraps to more food: How Willow Tree Community Compost and Sunrise Farm partnered together to keep waste out of landfills

By ISAAC LORTON Enterprise Correspondent They’ve been sugaring this spring at Sunrise Farm in White River Junction. They have about 700 tapped trees. They are growing “onions and onion family stuff.” They have a heated greenhouse that is growing what will make you cry chopping in the summer, among other baby plants. With the warmer weather recently, they have been getting regrowth of winter greens that they are starting to harvest...

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Resale stores solidify their place: Three retailers reflect on how market for used items has grown
Apr16

Resale stores solidify their place: Three retailers reflect on how market for used items has grown

By ISAAC LORTON Enterprise Correspondent For Consign & Design in West Lebanon, Uplifting Thrifting in White River Junction, and Closet Treasures in Grantham, the stores are opportunities for items to have a new life and avoid landfills. During the stay-at-home orders at the beginning of the pandemic, many thrift store and consignment shop owners did not know when — or if — their businesses would reopen again. They worried that...

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