As the fall hastens and the outerwear protects you against the elements, your land is also in need of a comfy soil quilt to safeguard its organic matter and microbe family. Dr. Vandana Shiva, said, “In traditional agriculture, the soil is the mother. She’s the mother who gives, to whom you must give back.” Science has proven this “giving back” recipe for healthy soils includes covering the soil for winter with a cover crop blanket. [Read more…]
They call him “Lil’ Dave,” but there is nothing little about Dave Stanton. At 32-years old, and standing at 6’4” and about 250 pounds, Dave looks the part of a good, old-fashioned, western movie. And watching his farm employee Bryan Backus round up cattle on horseback lends credibility to the illusion.
Stanton’s raising a cross of Black Angus and Hereford cattle called Black Baldies, near Franklin, NY. [Read more…]
GREENE, NY – “I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement,” said author Joan Blades.
In the heart of dairy country, Chenango County’s Farm Bureau President, Bradd Vickers is also an enthusiastic promoter of grassroots policy development and local decision-making, as he invited fellow farmers, friends and legislators to participate in their 61st annual meeting. [Read more…]
Since its inception in 1980 as a small gathering for sheep breeders, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival has swelled to accommodate hundreds of vendors and an estimated 30,000 visitors from all over the world. Today, NY Sheep and Wool is one of the largest wool-related festivals in the Eastern U.S. The event, presented by the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association, was held Oct. 15 through 16 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. [Read more…]
Juliano’s Produce Farms is a family-owned and operated farmer’s market that has been in the Utica, NY, area for 35 years. It is located on State Route 5.
The Juliano family grows fruits and vegetables and sells them at their store along with cheese, milk, and other dairy products. The family members also grow and sell flowers inside their 13 greenhouses located outside the market. [Read more…]
ALBANY, NY — On October 22, 2016 people from all walks of life gathered together to learn about and discuss the now legalized cultivation of hemp in New York State. The informational meeting was sponsored by the New York Hemp Industries Association (NYHIA) in order for interested parties to learn more about the New York Hemp Pilot Program. [Read more…]
Stanton’s Feura Farm, Feura Bush, NY, hosted CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program’s Cover Crops Demonstration: Not What Grandpa Used to Grow! on Oct. 13.
Featured speakers included Northeast Soil Health Specialist Dr. Paul Salon and Research Agronomist/ Cover Crop Specialist Dave Wilson. [Read more…]
CANAJOHARIE, NY — Doreen and Kal Shariff have owned and operated the family farm in Canajoharie for several years. When taking over the farm, the Shariffs were faced with a dilemma of how to operate a farm while also holding down a full time job. The answer was to simply focus on what they could do in their spare time and keep the farm in operation. [Read more…]