Jahnke’s Hemlock Valley Dairy Farm ~ Working together for success

CE-MR-3-Hemlock Valley4by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
The sign on the front of the main barn, facing highway 28 in Milford, NY, says it all.
“Hemlock Valley Farm, the Jahnke’s – working together” the sign proclaims.

Jahnkes received the sign as a gift in the early ‘90s.
“The working together motto is one that we always fall back on when things get ‘testy’,” remarks Matt Jahnke. “I believe that is our biggest strength and it’s why we are so successful; it’s our ability to work together not only as business partners, but as a family.” [Read more…]

Creekside Meadows Farm: grazing holistically

CE-MR-1-Creekside723by Tamara Jean Scully
The Park family has grown. Tricia and Matt Park, along with son Cameron, 17, recently moved from their 26 acre farm to a nearby 150 acre one, in DeRuyter, NY, and have been working tirelessly to improve the soils as they grow pasture for 20 head of beef cattle, 50 turkeys, 800 meat chicken and 30 pigs.

The key to their success is grass. Managing pastures for better forage has led to increased weight gain, decreased need for inputs on the farm, and “high-quality, pasture-raised meats” sold directly to customers via a meat CSA, the farm store and an online farmers’ market. The family practices Holistic Management, considering the health of the land, the animals, the community and the family — which includes being profitable and having time for non-farming respites — when managing and setting goals for the farm. [Read more…]

NYCAMH Helps Rural Farming Community Stay Sun Wise

Fly Creek, NY–For over two decades the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) has been teaching rural farming communities the importance of sun safety. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Outdoor occupations such as farming increase a person’s risk for developing skin cancer due to the prolonged exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun.
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New York Grange Annual Convention

CEW-PR-NY Grange Convention4National Grange President Ed Luttrell was the guest of honor at the 141st session of the New York State Grange, Oct. 17-22, Albany, NY. The message of his address to the delegates was “Courage”. We need to have the courage to listen to others especially those with whom we do not agree. We must also be civil enough to remain friends even after disagreements. A lesson that public officials may take to heart. [Read more…]

First National Bioenergy Day receives widespread support and recognizes agricultural implications

CEW-MR-3-Bioenergy day261by A. Rock
The massive New Holland chopper engorged row upon row of 20-foot tall green willow and then pulverized it methodically into waiting dump carts to pile it into hefty heights at the Agens Farm in East Ava, NY Oct. 17. Nationwide biomass trade organizations created this “day of awareness” for a multi-faceted time of demonstrations, discussions, and on sight tours for the first ever National Bioenergy Day. [Read more…]