Triple Creek Dairy ~ very much a family farm

CE-MR-2-Triple-Creek-Dairy1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“There are three trout streams that run through our farm property,” remarked 3rd generation dairyman Richard Skoda. “So, Grandpa came up with Triple Creek for the farm name.”

Richard’s grandfather, John Skoda, bought the West Taghkanic- Churchtown, NY, property, establishing the dairy in 1922. He milked 20 head the good old-fashioned way. [Read more…]

Good soil fertility means good crops

CW-MR-2-Good-soil-fertility659by Steve Wagner

“The physical characteristics of soil and the biological characteristics are every bit as important as fertility.” This was expressed by Soils Agronomist Mark Kopecky of the CROPP Cooperative during the first day of a two-day agronomy school at the Bird-in Hand Family Inn in Lancaster County Pennsylvania this summer. [Read more…]

Tractor rollovers, overturns and back flips

CE-MR-3-Tractor-rollovers1-by Bill and Mary Weaver

The list of events causing tractor fatalities in Pennsylvania for a recent five-year period is mind numbing in its repetition of rollovers, overturns, rollbacks and backflips, but each statistic represented a tragic loss of an irreplaceable family member or friend. Stunningly, about 70 percent of the deaths could have been avoided if the tractor had been equipped with a roll bar alone, (for folks who won’t wear seat belts), and 99 percent of the victims would still be alive and have escaped serious injury if they had used a roll bar plus a seat belt. [Read more…]

Festival of Horsepower

CE-MR-2-Horse-Pulls5971by Katie Navarra

Nearly 100 horses and their handlers competed for a share of $10,000 in prize monies offered at the Festival of Horsepower held Aug. 12-13 at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Rensselaer County, New York. This was the second annual Festival of Horsepower, which featured three days of horse powered pulls, antique tractor pulls, a car show a bounce house for the kids and fair food vendors. [Read more…]

What’s been working for organic farmers?

CW-MR-2-Organic-Farmers585by Steve Wagner

Elvin Ranck, a Mifflintown, Juniata County farmer, says when he started switching from conventional farming methods to organic, it was 1986. Ranck was the lead-off speaker at the two-day Organic Valley/Organic Prairie/CROPP Cooperative ‘Balancing for Profit’ Agronomy School. At that time, he said, he never thought that Pennsylvania would be supporting organic like they are today. [Read more…]