Should a visitor continue up the lane anyway, he or she would come upon a sprawling contemporary house, a small enclosure for chickens and another lane headed to a barn. This is the home of Green Mountain Yogurt, the smallest Grade A Dairy in the Green Mountain State. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
by George Looby, DVM
For the past 63 years the W.B. Young Building on the campus of the University of Connecticut has served as the center of activity for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources serving the many needs of the college. In this building are housed the administrative offices, the extension service, classrooms, laboratories, support staff and others. The Young Building was erected during the period of rapid expansion in the immediate post-World War II period to fill the needs of a university that was growing at rapid rate to accommodate the needs of returning veterans who benefited from the GI Bill. [Read more…]
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…]
We will be gathering at the Maine Farm Bureau Office on November 18th at 7:00 pm, 4 Gabriel Drive, Augusta, ME with a great program planned! [Read more…]
The Storrs Regional FFA, in Storrs, CT has had a banner year with first place FFA CDE teams, State and Big E Star winners and an agriscience teacher of the year. Three teams are off to the National FFA Convention this fall in Louisville, KY. The Natural Resources Team coached by Natural Resources teacher Andrew Zadora is made up of Zayne Olson, Katie Hayes, Sam Dombkowski and Nick Vertefeuille. They have been preparing hard by continuing to memorize nearly one hundred tree species, perfect compass and pace as well as soil and water testing. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
There are a lot of reasons to develop a preference for one particular breed of livestock over another. The Roberts family says that one reason they chose Herefords is simply because they like them.
The Roberts’ Bofat Hill Farm in Chesterfield, MA, is home to about 25 head of Hereford cattle. Although the family started with commercial Herefords, they’ve recently started to upgrade their herd with the purchase of registered stock. [Read more…]
by Sanne Kure-Jensen
Ocean State Hops has brought hop farming back to Rhode Island. Brother-in-laws and co-owners, Matt Richardson and Joel Littlefield liked brewing hoppy homebrews and started growing their own hops in 2007. Since 2010, their ever-expanding hop yard allowed the team to offer excess hops to home brewers.
Since 2012 the Coastal Extreme Brewery, brewer of Newport Storm Beers, has been purchasing all of Ocean State Hops’ Chinook hops.
Ocean State Hops is the only hop farm in Rhode Island, growing on a quarter acre in Exeter. The hop yard expands each year and now has over 400 American hop plants in three varieties: Cascade, Chinook and Newport hops. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
The fall show of the Northeast Highland Cattle Association was held in the Mallary Arena located on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA Oct. 10-12. This show drew exhibitors from throughout the northeast, providing breeders the opportunity to compete against their peers, allowing winners to be recognized as the best in the region. Exhibitors were present from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania with 15 farms represented. A total of 66 head were shown in 18 divisions. The judge for the event was Kevin Woolam associated with the Central Connecticut Co-op in Manchester, CT. [Read more…]