ALFRED, NY — Some folks have been pondering whether grass-based farmer, Russ Wilson, enjoys being categorized as a livestock producer more or being labeled as a soil microbe savant more. One thing’s for sure, you can’t deny his optimism for the future and his passion for improving land by creating a resilient base of grazing forages as the centerpiece of profitability. [Read more…]
On June 16, 2017, Kristy Shafer, Agriculture PTECH Principal, Hamilton- Fulton- Montgomery (HFM) BOCES, welcomed attendees to the inaugural HFM Ag PTECH FFA Awards Banquet and ceremony.
The new FFA Chapter was implemented under the leadership of NY Association of Agricultural Educators 2017 Outstanding Teacher, PTECH FFA Advisor Julia Hudyncia. [Read more…]
“There is no wealth other than that which comes from sunlight and the green growing plants that grow from it on regenerating soils,” quoted Phyllis van Amburgh of Dharma Lea Farm, Sharon Springs, NY.
Van Amburgh was quoting Allan Savory. “Everyone should have this on their wall!” van Amburgh said. [Read more…]
When outbreaks of salmonellosis occur in humans and the source of the infection is found to be poultry, the inclination is to point the finger at large commercial operations. Such suspicions may often be unfounded with the source being small backyard flocks. The birds in these flocks generally appear to be in good health and may be treated as pets especially by younger children in a household. [Read more…]
BOUCKVILLE, NY — Paulie Drexler’s Springside Farm sign exclaiming, “Life is too short to knit with bad yarn” brought smiles to a record crowd attending the 7th annual Central New York Fiber Arts Festival. And why would you settle for inferiority, with all the diverse choices of natural fiber products from a variety of wooly animals? With over 100 exhibits, workshops and vendors showcasing angora goats, rabbits, alpacas, sheep and even hair from a happy, summer-clipped Akbash guardian dog, there was enough “Mo-hair” for everyone. [Read more…]
Wagner Farms is 106-acres in Rome, NY of soybean, corn, raspberries, greenhouses, onion, eggplant, figs and much more. Owned by Ron Wagner, he prides himself on working smarter instead of harder while at the same time appealing to market trends. [Read more…]
The Massachusetts Cultivated Blueberry Association held its annual spring seminar at Vandervalk Farm & Winery in Mendon, MA on June 17, 2017. Two dozen attendees from Massachusetts and Rhode Island gathered to learn about weed management in blueberry plantings from Hilary Sandler, UMASS Cranberry Station and State IPM Coordinator. [Read more…]
The Beekman Boys found themselves lost in rural Upstate New York one dark night in 2006. Little did they know, the small town known as Sharon Springs, NY would soon be the epitome of their Upstate Escape. After finding the dilapidated Beekman Farm, they took to their extensive professional knowledge, turning the farm into their newfound haven away from the hectic city atmosphere of the Big Apple. [Read more…]