Agrarian Learning Center connects globally with inaugural event

ce-mr-2-agrarian-learning-center1216by Troy Bishopp

HUDSON, NY — Farmer and Author, Shannon Hayes aptly engaged the belief that a strong community is built around local farmers, food and the stewardship of the land. On Nov. 4, the Agrarian Learning Center celebrated this sentiment by hosting a farm to table dinner and global event titled: “Eat It, Wear It, Regenerate It, Igniting a Consumer Revolution.” The result — world-wide connection with like-minded farmers, communities and consumers. [Read more…]

Fiber farm finds niche in unexpected market

ce-mr-1-paca-gardens7938by Samantha Graves

Theresa McEvoy, who co-owns and operates an alpaca farm and retail space with her husband Andy in Little Falls, NY, first became interested in alpacas when she visited a farm in nearby Oppenheim. “I went on a farm visit in 2002 and fell in love,” she said. McEvoy enjoyed that initial visit so much that she spent the next two years working on the farm gleaning all she could about caring for the animals. [Read more…]

Forages help manage parasite load

cw-mr-55-1-parasite-load1-copy1by Tamara Scully

“Through the years, I’ve watched numerous small ruminant producers go in and out of business simply because they couldn’t keep their animals alive,” Heather Glennon, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Mount Olive, said. “Hopefully, if you can incorporate these five bullet points into your grazing system, you’re going to reduce the exposure of your small ruminants to worms through grazing management.” [Read more…]

Dealing with barn pests

cew-mr-hr-1-barn-pests1-wadby Marilyn Munzert

Most of us appreciate Mother Nature’s wild critters, but not in our pastures and barns. Yet the feed, water and shelter we provide our equine friends are accommodations some varmints can’t resist. If wild things set up digs in your horse’s space, here’s how to cope. [Read more…]