Approximately 50 CSA farm owners gathered to participate in a daylong program presented by Penn State Extension and Dickinson College covering important aspects of CSA Farming, including food safety, finances and finding shareholders. The notable Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm of Kinderhook, NY began the day with a presentation reminding attendees of the importance of staying the course with the CSA business model while also allowing change to improve profitability and customer service. Continue reading
The United States has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and has almost reached its 2020 goal. There is still a long way to go to meet the goals set for 2050. The use of biomass products will play a large role in reaching this goal, and today’s farmers are gearing up production of alternative fuel sources such as switchgrass, willow and other plant-based crops to be harvested for fuel use. Continue reading
Most farmers in the northeast aren’t doing much baling in April, but because of the early winter and persistent snow cover in the winter of 2013/2014, it was impossible for Andy Bater to harvest his crop until just a month ago. Bater’s crop is switchgrass, a native, warm-season grass that is gaining recognition as a crop suitable for marginal ground. Switchgrass can be used as a ground cover for erodible soil, as cover for game or for mine reclamation, and is often harvested green for hay or after frost kill for livestock bedding. There is also considerable research into using switchgrass as a renewable energy source, or biofuel. Continue reading
It’s not every parade that has a live, 4-legged, marching cow and miniature horses in addition to the full size horses commonly seen adorning parades.
But at this year’s Memorial Day Parade in Gloversville, NY, attendees were in for a special treat — thanks to the Fulton Montgomery County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H.
Fulton County’s 7-year-old Georgiana Angus and 9-year-old Izabela Williams of the Mini Horse Bits club along with their miniature horses were a delight to the children along the crowded streets, where hundreds of people had turned out for the annual event. Continue reading