Family is hip at Hip Hops Farm

CE-MR-1-Hip-Hops-Farm569by Lindsay Owens

BROOKFIELD, NY — When Loren Corbin decided to retire, his family wanted to make sure he didn’t get bored. His wife, Doreen, was concerned he would go stir crazy and drive her…well, crazy.

Their son Andrew answered the call with a bold idea: to transform part of their grandparents’ dairy farm in Brookfield, NY into a hop yard. Since then, the family has worked tirelessly each year to build and improve their operation with dad Loren driving much of the mowing and tending of hops. Andrew, an environmental engineer, said, “I couldn’t let my father collect dust… he hasn’t.” [Read more…]

Aquaponics: fish and (kale) chips

by Tamara Scully

According to the experts at the Auburn University Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, there is great potential for farmers rising to raise fish as livestock here in the United States. While production methods for fish farming can range from low to high intensity operations, it is the managed atmosphere of commercial production, where farmers can control every aspect of the environment, which offer the most potential. [Read more…]

Hemp: what’s the big deal?

CM-MR-44-2-Hemp8322by Sally Colby

Hemp has been grown as a crop for more than 12,000 years. “It’s one of the oldest cultivated species,” said Jeff Graybill, Lancaster County extension. “Most recently, it was a major crop in Kentucky before and during World War ll. During the war, it was difficult to get rope-type materials, so it was grown for fiber.” [Read more…]

Madison County’s Open Farm Day showcases rich diversity

CE-MR-5-Madison-Open-Farm-Day7by Troy Bishopp

MORRISVILLE, NY — It can be said that diversity enriches agriculture. This sentiment was a powerful draw to the over 5,000 visitors that participated in the 8th annual Open Farm Day throughout Madison County New York.

This year’s event organized by the Agricultural Economic Development Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County partnered with 38 farms and seven mobile extension specialists who provided a passport and mapping system to families interested in finding out more about their local farms and farmers. [Read more…]

Golden Acres Charolais Beef Farm ~ unique in Albany County

CE-MR-2-Golden-Acres1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Gerry Boone, owner at Golden Acres Charolais Beef Farm, located in southern Albany County near Westerlo, is practically a ‘one-man show’ — especially when his son Jack is away at college.

Boone’s wife, Dr. Laura Teeney, says Gerry is the farm’s “workforce.” [Read more…]