Custom innovation

CEW-MR-2-Custom Innovation769by Tamara Scully
The production area at Homestead Heritage farm is dominated by an odd-looking contraption, one which happens to be on the cutting edge of value-added products. Visitors may hear a whistle, which forewarns of the oncoming, loud  “bang,” signaling completion of the process, and the availability of a new value-added product. [Read more…]

The GMO controversy

CEWM-MR-2-The GMO 1by Steve Wagner
When freshman Pennsylvania legislator Mindy Fee became a state representative, she did so with an acute awareness of farming in her district. On Nov. 7, this interest manifested itself in the form of a farmer’s breakfast held in Manheim. She was fortunate to get Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig to be the main speaker.

As the event got underway, Penn-Ag’s Jennifer Reed Harry gave a thumbnail presentation of some issues that resound with farmers, including GMOs. [Read more…]

Growing ancient grains: Value-added production

CEWM-MR-1-Ancient grains 1by Tamara Scully
The Organic Growers’ Research and Sharing Information Network (OGRIN), in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association-NY, (NOFA-NY) and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), held a recent workshop on growing and processing grains. Farmer Elizabeth Dyck, founder and coordinator of OGRIN, addressed several dozen attendees interested in small scale grain production, and grain processing opportunities. [Read more…]

Value-added family dairy

CM-MR-1-Value addedby Tamara Scully
MARYLAND — The Kilby family has been dairying for over 100 years. The current dairy was established in 1961, and has been growing ever since. The family sells their milk directly from the farm to local customers. They also make their own dairy products, and even offer home delivery. They sell at farmers markets, and have wholesale accounts.

“We love that Kilby Cream is able to provide local, farm fresh products to our customers’ doors,” Kilby representative Stacy Stearrett said. “It is an affordable alternative to purchasing from the chain markets.” [Read more…]

Fellowship of Christian Farmers keeps ECHOing its message

CF4-MR-6-ECHO story6cby Gary Elliott, Country Folks Assistant Editor

I knew that I was in for a working vacation that would fit me like a glove when the Lee Publications Outreach Committee selected me earlier this year to go on a Christian Mission Trip with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International organization to the ECHO Global Demonstration Farm in Fort Myers, FL. [Read more…]