Email marketing: what are you waiting for?

by Katie Navarra
Today, email is more than email. It is a tool that can be used for a low-cost, effective marketing tool. It can be used to motivate your customers to take an action you would like them to, from visiting your farm stand, purchasing a CSA share, using the U-Pick services available or simply signing up for your e-newsletter. [Read more…]

Northeastern dairy farmers host 2nd Organic Valley Regional Understanding Tour

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Dairy farmers from Maine to Pennsylvania opened their doors to share information and strengthen bonds with other dairy farmers in their Organic Valley Co-op through an 8-day, Regional Understanding Tour.
“This Regional Understanding Tour was our second one,” said Peter Miller CROPP (Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools) Co-op/Organic Valley East Division Pool Manager, explaining that the first tour had taken place August of 2012 on the West Coast, running from California to Oregon. “The cooperative felt that this would be a good vehicle for staff and member/owners to see the different regions first hand and meet other members and businesses we work with in those regions.” [Read more…]

Woodbury FFA chapter to send seven state-winning CDE teams to nationals

CN-RP-1-Woodbury FFA 1The Woodbury FFA chapter located at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury will be sending seven state-winning CDE Judging teams later in October to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  Because the Woodbury FFA members won first place in seven different state FFA judging contests during the past school year, there are 34 students from the Woodbury chapter who will attend the 86th National FFA Convention. In 2010, the Woodbury FFA chapter set a new national record of having 11 teams qualify for and compete at Nationals in the same year from the same chapter. This year, they placed first in seven different Career Development Event Judging competitions during the 2012-13 school year, qualifying them to compete nationally this fall in Louisville and compete against the best teams from each state in the country.

Traveling hooves

CN-MR-3-Traveling hooves 2by Laura Rodley
Liebe Coolidge is a USDA class C inspected exhibitor who raises registered French alpine goats, a large black and white colored milking breed. Also a lifelong owner of donkeys and an artist, she is proud to be a goat owner since the 70s, and is committed to selling “nice stock.” Three of her goats — Rosa Pascali, born in February and named after Coolidge’s grandfather Pasquali Rossi; Murray; and their half-sister Jitterbug — won “Best Get of Sire” at the Eastern States Exposition Center in Springfield, MA. Her goat, Serena, won 2nd place registered French alpine. The day before the event was her new business’, The Traveling Hooves, debut. [Read more…]

Farm meeting for Christmas tree growers held at Salomaa Tree Plantation

CN-MR-2-Farm meeting 1by Fred Salo
A farm meeting, illustrating the compost by Coring Injection method, was held at Salomaa Tree Plantation in Stannard, VT, Saturday, Sept. 14. Growers from six northeast SARE States were present for this all day event.

Fred Salo, grower and the SARE grant recipient, gave opening remarks and then presented the project in general, with specifics on test results to date. With the help of Jeff Carter, UVM extension, agronimist (also a tree grower) and advisor to the project, discussed the outcome of the composted trial blocks as opposed to the “control” areas. (As a grower, increased bud set for next year appears significant but because this is a three year project final results will be reserved for after the 2014 testing.) [Read more…]