Art Krueger & Trish Norton

The Sugar House

The Sugar House

After showing up uninvited to their house, it was not long before I was at the table with a plate of French toast and sausages in front of me, talking with Art about his lifestyle.
Art and his wife Trish support themselves and their two daughters with their sugaring operation and the sale of their blueberries. They practice organic stewardship of their sugar bush, and produce pure maple syrup with no chemical agents or preservatives added. The syrup is also sold in glass mason jars so they can be either recycled or reused.
What is more is that everything that requires energy on their property is satisfied by renewable sources. Art, an engineer by trade, and farmer at heart, has had solar panels on their roof since the eighties and has installed a micro hydroelectric generator in a nearby stream to accompany their small wind turbine. The syrup, which is made by boiling sap, is done so over a wood fire.
PV set up on the jarring house

PV set up on the jarring house

I asked Art how much electricity he produces. He just answered, “enough.” He really could not tell me. He just knows that he has the electricity he needs. His youngest daughter who is a year from finishing High School said it felt good to wake up on a morning the town is experiencing a black out and cook up some waffles. From an early age Art learned the value of being self-reliant. This self-reliance is apparent not only in terms of energy, but food also. Their garden grows vegetables which they store in their root cellar, and their chickens lay eggs which they eat, sell, and barter with neighbors. Sustainability is not necessarily the goal, but merely leading a more natural lifestyle, which inevitably is a more sustainable way to live than that practiced by the average American family. To learn more about their sugaring operation or to buy some maple candy or syrup, visit

1 Response to “Art Krueger & Trish Norton”


  1. 1 Calvin June 21, 2009 at 4:02 am

    “After showing up uninvited to their house, it was not long before I was at the table with a plate of french toast and sausages in front of me, talking with Art about his lifestyle.”

    ^ that’s classic Phil right there.

    I love reading this! Your adventure sounds so fun, and I can’t help but feel that you’re the perfect person to ask these questions and get great discussion out of people. Brilliant!

    Flying to Peru tomorrow, see you in August!

    peace,
    Calvin


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: