The link between biodiversity and organic agriculture

CW-MR-3-BIOD-C3C1by Karl H. Kazaks

NRCS recently hosted an online program on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture and how organic agriculture tends to support increased biodiversity. The event was part of a series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

The occasion was part of the USDA’s broader effort to educate the agriculture community and the public at large about organic agriculture, with the aim to increase organic production. [Read more…]

Farmers’ markets get creative to bring in customers

CE-MR-2-Farmers-Market21by Jane Primerano

There are many farmers’ markets in northern New Jersey and they each have to get creative to stay busy and profitable.

The market in Sparta, Sussex County, has moved twice, from the municipal building parking lot to the middle school lot and now is in the parking lot of medical offices. [Read more…]

Three Day Master Food Preservation Workshop

CEW-MR-3-Food-preservation31by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Folks traveled from Boston, Connecticut, New York City, Rochester and many places in-between, to meet at SUNY Cobleskill’s Culinary Arts Lab to participate in Cornell Cooperative Extension’s ‘Three Day Master Food Preservation Workshop’ taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Home Food Preservation experts Judy Price and Katherine Humphrey. [Read more…]

Central NY Beef Breeders looking to pool calves for December sale

CEW-MR-2-CNY-BEEF-BREEDERS-011by Branden Jaquays

Ron Maidens had been a dairy farmer the majority of his life, going into partnership with his brother Etsel in 1963. “When I started in the dairy business I didn’t know much, I was just a kid out of high school,” he fondly remembers, “I didn’t know anything, I had a good county agent and I was self taught.” Originally from West Virginia, Ron and his brother “farmed three states”, as he puts it – West Virginia, Pennsylvania and now New York. Ron and his wife raised 7 children, his brother, 5 — and they did it milking cows for nearly 50 years. [Read more…]