24th Annual Franklin Land Trust Farm and Garden Tour

CN-MR-3-FRANKLIN-TOUR_8101by Laura Rodley

Cars were lined up on country roads, parked in front of 10 homes. It was an extended party of sorts, a chance for visitors to get a rare peek at the owners’ working farms and gardens during the 24th Annual Franklin Land Trust (FLT) Farm and Garden Tour held June 27. The Buckland, MA based non-profit FLT has been conserving farmland, open space and rural character since 1987, working with landowners and communities to protect the future of their land by putting it into conservation easements. [Read more…]

Food System Solutions

CN-MR-2-FOOD-SOLUTIONS_14101by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Nearly 100 delegates from six New England States gathered June 11 and 12, 2015 at the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Summit in Boston, MA. Delegates discussed food worker justice and opportunities to improve regional self-sufficiency and sustainability. Delegates heard about a regional plan to grow 50-percent of regional food needs locally by 2016. [Read more…]

Handling manure can be risky business

CM-MR-3-Manure-gasses16061by Sally Colby

Manure and the potentially dangerous gasses from manure storage and agitation are one of the inevitable aspects of livestock farming. The combination of working in confined space and a farmer who needs to keep moving can be lethal.

Rob Meinen, Penn State extension in the ag safety program, describes confined space as ‘large enough to enter but with limited or restricted means of entry and exit, and not designed for normal, continual occupancy by a worker.’ [Read more…]

Sustainable production techniques lead to success at Little River Farm

CN-MR-2-LITTLE-RIVER-5161by Sanne Kure-Jensen

How many young farmers met their financial goals their first year in farming? Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi started their 3-acre farm with solid training and experience in organic growing, lots of energy and a thorough business plan. Bob has an agricultural degree from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences or Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria and worked as a farmhand at Greenview Farm in Wakefield, RI. Camille met Bob while she was apprenticing at the farm. Both praised the hands-on organic production, marketing and sales training they received from Greenview Farm’s owners, Craig and Emily Totten. They share these invaluable lessons by mentoring a farm apprentice at Little River Farm. [Read more…]