Blue Ridge Pumpkins grows into a popular PYO destination

cm-32-2-blue-ridge-pumpkins-1by Karl H. Kazaks

FANCY GAP, VA – Five years ago, Barry Iroler embarked on a post-retirement occupation, growing wholesale pumpkins, with no inkling that the operation would become a second career and a totally different type of business: a popular pick-your-own (PYO) pumpkin patch with a variety of family-oriented agritourism options.

Being from Carroll County – a major pumpkin-producing region – it was easy for Iroler to decide to grow pumpkins, specifically Aladdins that first year. [Read more…]

Grazing and soil health

ce-mr-2-grazing-seminar6327by Katie Navarra

On Sept. 21, Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy in Hoosick Falls, NY, hosted an on-farm workshop that was co-sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Rensselaer County Soil and Water Conservation District and the New York Grazing Coalition. [Read more…]

Apprenticeship program educates on dairy

cw-mr-2-apprenticeship-program96by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — Want to learn or teach the art of dairying? Consider an apprenticeship program. A. Fay Benson, dairy support program educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Cortland County, presented information on GrassWorks Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship at Empire Farm Days. Newly begun in New York, the program seeks to teach anyone interested in dairying — but especially the next generation — about all aspects of pasture-based dairying. [Read more…]

Six Ways to Slow Horse Feed Intake

cn-ms-mr-52-2-six-ways-to-slow-7170by Tamara Scully

Problem horse behaviors, as well as some medical conditions, can be vastly improved by increasing the time a horse spends feeding. With today’s emphasis on natural horse care, many owners are realizing that it is best for horses to spend longer eating than is common in many barns and pastures today.

Feral horses spend 12-18 hours per day grazing pasture, and these wild horses don’t show the behavior problems commonly seen in domesticated horses. [Read more…]

Vermont 4-H’ers win big at “Big E” Dairy Show

cn-rp-26-2-eastern-states-expo-imgBURLINGTON, VT – Thirty Vermont 4-H club members competed at the Eastern States Exposition 4-H dairy show in West Springfield, MA, Sept. 15-18, walking away with several championships.

They took part in both fitting and showmanship classes in which they are judged on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal and in conformation classes where the animal is evaluated on body condition and appearance. [Read more…]