About the Author

Julia Shipley

Julia Shipley

Contributing editor, Julia Shipley's stories celebrate New Englanders' enduring connection to place. She digs up facts and stats for each issue's "By The Numbers" feature; she's also the author of Yankee's "Vermont Rural Life" blog, as well the Yankee Plus column, "The Farmer's Life." An award winning poet, her long-form lyric essay, Adam's Mark was selected as one of the Boston Globe's Best New England Books of 2014.

Articles by Julia Shipley

Ben’s Pumpkins

Travel

Ben’s Pumpkins

A child’s fascination with an orange squash became a life’s pursuit. Learn more about Ben’s Pumpkins in East Hardwick, Vermont.

Lake Champlain, Vermont’s “Great Lake” | New England by the Numbers

Vermont

Lake Champlain, Vermont’s “Great Lake” | New England by the Numbers

1609
year French explorer Samuel de Champlain sailed into the Lake Champlain region

6.8 trillion
gallons of water: Champlain’s estimated volume

120 & 12
miles: Champlain’s length and maximum width, more than three times the size of New England’s second-largest lake, Moosehead in Maine

fifty-four
public beaches

4000
canal boats plying Champlain’s waters between 1819 and 1940

Three Hundred
documented shipwrecks

Delphiniums | Beautiful Blooms

Living

Delphiniums | Beautiful Blooms

A legacy continues through a packet of seeds. 

The first delphiniums I ever saw: A man arrived at the door bearing two tremendous spokes of blue. He looked so stupid and so gallant at the same time, outdone by his preposterous bouquet—their stems were the length of a car antenna. Soaring

Norman Rockwell Trivia | New England By The Numbers

Living

Norman Rockwell Trivia | New England By The Numbers

Did you know that it took an average of twenty-one days for Norman Rockwell to complete a painting? Learn more tidbits and Norman Rockwell trivia celebrating the 100th anniversary of his first Saturday Evening Post cover.

100
Years ago: Norman Rockwell’s first cover painting for the Saturday Evening Post, appearing May 20, 1916
322
Number of covers

A Lawnmower is Born | The Farmer’s Life

Living

A Lawnmower is Born | The Farmer’s Life

Dispatches from Chickadee Farm in Craftsbury, Vermont
A flock of sheep. A pasture. And a relationship that goes back thousands of years. 

You’ve seen those photos—hard-faced folks standing by barns and houses, and behind them: nothing but endless, rolling hills.
Sometimes I stand in my backyard in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, and gaze out

St. Patrick’s Day Parades | New England By the Numbers

Seasons

St. Patrick’s Day Parades | New England By the Numbers

Did you know that 20% of Bostonians claim Irish heritage? Learn more tidbits and trivia about two of New England’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day parades.

1737
Date of world’s first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade, hosted by Boston’s Charitable Irish Society

20.4
Percentage of Boston-area population claiming Irish heritage

1,200
Pounds of corned beef and cabbage