Working Feverishly on Volume II

We haven’t kept up to date with our website timeline lately because we’re working around the clock on Volume II. The book will mail in late November this year, in hopes that we’ll avoid the holiday mail rush delays we had last year.

More than 50 Vermonters have contributed to Vol. II, sharing their voices, art, photography, experiences, expertise and stories. These contributions feature a mix of essays, weather analysisprofiles, nature coverage, poetry, how-to tips, history tales, and entertaining stories of life in rural Vermont. We’ll be looking at some new agricultural crops (grains, hops, grapes) in addition to the stalwarts (dairy, maple, veggies). Vermont’s meat industry is also covered in depth. And we’re focusing on wild crops, like mushrooms and ginseng. There’s more coverage of rural life “skills” that you can try out at home and and some cool off-beat topics, like barn quilt displays and why you should never, never pee on an electric fence.

Preorder your copy today by going to the order/donate tab on the top of this screen.


One of the things we love about this project is that it combines the arts – writing, photography, painting and illustration – and farm/forest work. And the partnership goes beyond what you see on the page or screen. Our books come in cardboard boxes – 26 to a case – and we’ve enjoyed hearing stories about the boxes being repurposed for maple syrup, or frozen lamb, or CSA produce. 

A second printing of the Almanac was delivered to Sunrise Farm Wednesday. Bob Sandberg, from the Sandberg Farm/Cookville Compost, came down in his compost truck to haul the books; he was out that way anyway on his compost route, which runs from Bradford to West Lebanon. Three pallets of books fit nicely between assorted compost totes. The poetics of the moment were nice, too.

Vermont Almanac on WCAX

Dave Mance and Patrick White appeared on WCAX on July 13 to talk about Vermont Almanac. Our thanks to host Céline McArthur–the conversation was a great opportunity to introduce our new annual book about life in rural Vermont to an audience around the state. Here’s a link in case you missed it, here’s a link to the WCAX segment.