Collaborative effort helps CSA owners improve

CM-MR-2-CSASchool1by Jon M. Casey

Approximately 50 CSA farm owners gathered to participate in a daylong program presented by Penn State Extension and Dickinson College covering important aspects of CSA Farming, including food safety, finances and finding shareholders. The notable Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm of Kinderhook, NY began the day with a presentation reminding attendees of the importance of staying the course with the CSA business model while also allowing change to improve profitability and customer service. [Read more…]

4-H teen leaders dream big in Wyoming County

A group of Wyoming County 4-H Youth has taken major strides to increase the presence of 4-H in the Wyoming County community. On May 13, three youth representing the 4-H Teen Leaders Program presented a sign proposal before the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. This proposal involves the installation of signs reading “WYOMING COUNTY 4-H WELCOMES YOU” at regular intervals throughout the county.

Growing a farm with goats

CN-MR-3-OakLeafby Sally Colby

The Reynolds family had been making and selling hay on the family farm, but it was the young goats they brought home after a hay delivery that started them on the path to a more serious agricultural enterprise. The Reynolds children wanted to participate in 4-H, and goats were the ideal project for them. [Read more…]

The 40th Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

CN-MR-3-FortiethMassby Laura Rodley

Showing lambs, fleece, sweaters, yarn — the family-friendly 40th Sheep and Woolcraft Fair had it all.

Each year, 4-H members learn that positivity, striving for perfection and hard work gains results at the fair, which was held at Cummington Fairgrounds in Massachusetts over Memorial Day weekend. Proceeds benefited Massachusetts 4-H Clubs. [Read more…]

Vermont sugarmakers report a range of results

CN-MR-2-VermontSugar1by Bethany M. Dunbar

Vermont sugarmakers are reporting a range of results from the season this spring, with some saying they made half a crop, some saying three-fourths, and some saying production was average. Even so, because so many more people are sugaring and others who have always sugared have added more taps, Vermont’s maple production is steadily climbing.

“You virtually have eight times the syrup that was produced 10 years ago,” said Henry Marckres of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. [Read more…]