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Relocating Bees: our friends attempt to re-home a swarm.

Bees are amazing creatures, and we’ve all heard about how vital they are to the wild ecosystem, and to our ability to produce food crops. While Rick and I aren’t keen to raise our own bees we do plant and encourage many types of flowers on our property, to support these and other pollinators. So

How to overdye a piece of clothing: tips for success

Sometimes, we end up owning a piece of clothing that we like the fit of, but we’re not happy with the color. Or, perhaps it’s something that’s hard to match in an outfit. With some inexpensive materials you can overdye fabrics in natural materials (wool, silk, linen, and cotton) to change the look and suit

Photo HOPortunity – American Pale Ale

This week, we’re tasting and sharing the recipe for Rick’s latest brew. For those who would like to brew this beer it is available below, as well as on Brewer’s Friend. This was the first beer done on the new 1800W induction burner in our dedicated brewing space in the basement. It should be a

Maple Sugaring: A time-honored tradition celebrated with friends

Maple syrup is a big deal in Vermont, and for a small state we have a big share of production too: 42% of US-made maple syrup annually, accounting for more than $300 million in direct income. But how is maple syrup made, and what is it like to have your own small-scale operation at home?

Knitwear Design: why, and how, I develop my own patterns

In the past few years, I’ve noticed that I began modifying the patterns I was knitting more and more. Then I wrote out a pattern from scratch because I couldn’t find one that fit my needs at the time. Though I still consider myself a novice designer (I’ve had no formal training), I have noticed some

Inner Harbor pattern, Maryland Sheep & Wool preview 2019

As preparations for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival continue here at GHC headquarters, we reveal a few more items that we’ve been working on behind the scenes, including project bags and Sarah’s latest knitwear design. The Inner Harbor shawl pattern was inspired by the saturated tones of Neighborhood Fiber Company’s beautiful merino yarn. Featuring

2019 Spring Preview: New products, workshops and festivals

It’s finally Spring here in Vermont, and we’re looking forward to some of our favorite events of the year. This week, Sarah shares a preview of all the new products we’ll be debuting this season, including new skincare scents, travel project bags, yarn, and gifts. Plus, if you enjoy taking classes, we’re hosting 3 new

27 – ReBecca Béguin: Shepherding as lifestyle and inspiration

We’ve known ReBecca for more than 10 years, and have come to appreciate her thoughtfulness and creativity as our friendship has grown. Join Sarah in conversation with ReBecca as we discuss her growth from accidental shepherd to committed advocate; her books that explore the human connection with the land; and her interest in our local

Brewery Upgrade: New equipment and a fresh space for a better brew experience

Over the years, we’ve come to realize that each iteration of our homebrew setup was lacking in some way: convenient access to water, adequate storage space, reliance on fossil fuels for heating water, or just a pleasant space to work and hang out while waiting for various steps in the brew process to complete. In