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…]

Dr. Liang’s research shows new trends in agriculture

CN-MR-2-DR-LIANG-011by Bethany M. Dunbar

BURLINGTON, VT — Dr. Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang researches trends in agriculture and local foods for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She is finding more and more farmers across the United States who are interested in looking at the New England model of farming by adding value, marketing to multiple venues, adopting agritourism and connecting more closely to their local communities. [Read more…]

New Learning Center to promote urban agriculture

CM-RP-1-URBAN-GARDEN_11421On June 12, a unique group of public and private sector partners gathered in James City County, Virginia to break ground on a new outdoor classroom that will offer natural resource education while providing fresh produce for citizens of the greater Williamsburg area. [Read more…]

Carroll County “Venturing Crew” team takes top honors at Maryland Envirothon; Harford, Montgomery County students place

CM-RP-1-MD-ENVIROTHON1ANNAPOLIS, MD — A five-member team of students from Carroll County, named ‘Venturing Crew 202’, is the winner of the 25th annual Maryland Envirothon, an outdoor natural resources competition that challenges students to identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys and solve other complex natural resource issues. More than 89 challengers from 18 counties across Maryland took part in this year’s competition. The event was held June 17-18 at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s County.   [Read more…]

Riders keep riding

CM-MR-1-Riders-keep-riding60101by Sally Colby

Sometimes the little girl who always wanted a horse isn’t fortunate to have one until she’s older. The passion for horses never left and she’s finally able to ride, but she’s finding that her body isn’t quite what it was. Or perhaps someone who rode frequently as a youngster had to stop for an extended period of time. Now that they’re back in the saddle as a middle-aged adult, stiff joints make it obvious that years have passed. And some people who rode as youngsters and continued throughout adulthood may notice that movements that once came easily are more restricted and perhaps even painful. [Read more…]