Roaming Farm

CN-MR-3-Roaming80by Laura Rodley

Usually it is only the parents of children getting on and off school buses who keep a close eye on them. But at Roaming Farm in South Deerfield, MA, resident Highlanders also stand close by, watching school bus proceedings from the edge of their field. Their innate curiousness is as much a part of them as their long shaggy coats, long horns and short stature. Highlanders also keep a close eye on their own calves. [Read more…]

Farmland Preservation Celebration

CN-MR-1-FarmPresby Lorraine Strenkowski

Saturday, Sept. 20 provided perfect weather for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Farmland Preservation Celebration. Since 1978, The Farmland Preservation Program has permanently protected the prime soils of Connecticut, thus ensuring the future of agriculture in the state. At the 300-farm and 40,000-acre milestone, the celebration was planned. [Read more…]

Community and family define the life of Elisha Iager

CM-MS-MR-2-Familyby Hope Holland

Effort, dedication and family come naturally to Elisha Iager of Woodbine, MD, and have been a part of her life since very early in her adolescence.

Young Elisha took her riding lessons from her mom and grandfather. They served her well locally in both the Southern Maryland and the Maryland Quarter Horse Association Youth classes. She still credits her mother and her grandfather for her understanding of horses and riding which have played such a large part in her current life. [Read more…]

Hereford cattleman Wayne Campbell

CM-MR-2-WayneC1aby Karl H. Kazaks

ABINGDON, VA — “I’ve always had a Hereford calf since I was a child,” said Wayne Campbell, gazing at some of the 100 or more Hereford cows which now form the backbone of his cattle operation.

“I like the calmness of Herefords,” he said. “As you get older you need something you can work by yourself out there. The only time I’ve got help is when doing pregnancy checks.”

In addition to his cow-calf herd, Campbell keeps about 80 stockers, bringing the total count of his cattle to around 280, “about all one man can handle.” [Read more…]

Family Day at Raycliff Farm

bCE-MR-2-Raycliff Farm2y Al Dorantes

It was a typical, grey, Central New York day with cloud-dotted skies in late August when people gathered for Family Day at Raycliff Farm. Raycliff Farm is located on Snellsbush Road in eastern Little Falls. Raycliff Farms is a Quarter Horse farm founded in 1964. Judy Mijares and Ray Hutten opened their farm for the 5th year for Family Day at Raycliff Farm. Judy explained that Family Day at Raycliff Farm was sponsored by: the Town of Manheim, Herkimer County Dairy Promotion, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Soil & Water, and the Farm Bureau. She said, “The idea is to give folks an idea about agribusiness, old fashioned fun (bale toss and egg and spoon race), and expose people to farm life.” [Read more…]