Craig Idlebrook

Craig Idlebrook

A freelance writer and editor, Craig Idlebrook has written for more than 30 publications, including Mothering, Mother Earth News, and Funny Times. His essay “The Voice From Beyond” can be found in the upcoming anthology, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery. Currently, he’s a contracted correspondent with the New York Times, which is a nice way of saying he’s the reporter of last resort. A father who buys his daughter dresses when he’s feeling blue, Idlebrook splits time between Ellsworth and the Boston area.

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    Transition in Irene Recovery Leadership

    Contact: Jeb Spaulding 802-828-3322 Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding announced today that Dave Rapaport, Vermont’s Irene Recovery Officer, will leave his position on April 5th for a private sector position with Aveda in Minnesota. Ben Rose, Chief of the newly created Recovery and Mitigation Division within the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, will […]

    Environmentalists say Enbridge is one step closer to bringing tar sands through a corner of Vermont

    Enbridge Oil applied in November to the Canadian National Energy Board to reverse the pipeline’s flow between Ontario and Quebec.

    Possible extinction of Bicknell’s thrush tied to global climate change

    A recovery plan for the bird may require a fundamental reworking of a fossil fuel-based economy. Environmentalists argue that the federal government is obligated to undertake such actions under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act.

    UVM tests aerial planting of cover crops

    While aerial seeding has been used for years in warmer climates, it’s just beginning to be tested in northern farmland.

    Maple researchers say Vermont syrup yields can be maintained, even as season shrinks

    A recent study shows that climate change most likely will shorten the maple syrup season and shift syrup production northward by the end of the 21st century.

    Taking stock of Vermont’s CSA movement

    A debate has arisen as to how many CSA programs exist in the U.S., as well as what constitutes a CSA. This fall, the USDA will send out a questionnaire that, among other things, will try to count how many farms are involved with CSAs.

    New efforts to breed sweet corn for Vermont farmers

    Vermont may have some of the most vibrant and diversified crop genetics in the country, and plant geneticists are beginning to take note.

    Bike service now re-“cycling” Burlington’s compostable food scraps

    Recently, One Revolution began offering weekly compost pickups for Burlington residents, bringing household food scraps to central collection points hosted by the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

    New England environmentalists fear Congress will quash EPA mercury-reduction rule

    The rule … announced by the EPA in March, would curb the emissions of mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

    Will tar sands oil flow through Vermont?

    Environmental groups believe that connecting the dots between Enbridge’s recent moves shows that the big picture is a plan to move tar sands oil through Vermont.

    U.S., E.U. align organic standards

    But not every aspect of the two standards are in alignment, and agriculture officials have agreed to disagree on some differences.

    In the wake of white-nose syndrome, state asks Vermonters to help identify remaining bat populations

    The Got Bats? program wants to educate homeowners how to exclude bats without hurting bat numbers further.

    New hardiness zones show warming trend in Vermont

    The new Vermont map shows an unmistakable warming trend, including the first appearance in the state of zone 5b in the extreme southeast and southwest of the state.

    Will leafy greens safety regulations hurt small farmers?

    Small-scale Vermont farmers who want to sell their greens to distributors may soon find they have to follow new regulations being advocated by large-scale greens growers in California.