WESTFIELD, VT — The large tires on the power wheelchair easily navigated the rough terrain as Robert Smith piloted it through the milk house into the feeding pens. He picked a pitchfork off the wall, plucked a fork-full of hay from a pile and drove to a pen of goats, who received their first feeding from the smiling farmer. [Read more…]
BURLINGTON, VT — The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team’s combined knowledge of dairy nutrition, herd health, breeding and genetics, calf raising, dairy marketing and other dairy-related topics resulted in a fourth place-finish in national competition.
The four-member team competed Nov. 7-8 at the 35th annual North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, KY. The event, which attracted 14 teams from across the country, was held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. [Read more…]
Central Vermont’s rolling hills make for comfortable pasture for the Jersey cows on the Bone Farm in South Rygate.
Named a Vermont Century Farm, the farm is operated by David Bone with assistance from his wife, Jennifer, his Uncle Walter and three of his four children. The youngest, Evelyn, is only seven months old, but looks like she wants to be helping soon as she rides on her mom’s back.
“The kids all have chores,” David said of his older children, Noah, Quinn and Genevieve. [Read more…]
The topsy-turvy 2014 North Carolina growing season came to an almost-complete end the first weekend in November, when many crop-producing areas experienced a killing frost that brought an end to growth in the field.
The end came later than expected. Over the past century, the first killing frost in North Carolina has usually fallen somewhere close to the beginning of the North Carolina State Fair, in the third week of October. In fact, North Carolina farmers have traditionally regarded the fair as celebration of the end of the harvest season. [Read more…]
Opportunities for scaling up small farms to serve a growing wholesale institutional demand for locally-sourced foods are knocking at the door. But farmers who choose to answer the call are advised to become GAP (Good Agricultural Pratices) certified, will need to implement washing and packing efficiencies, learn to manage labor, and have adequate storage facilities.
“People want what we are doing. Do not be afraid to scale up your farm,” farmer Tom Murtha, of Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, PA, said. [Read more…]