Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work


The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]

You know it’s American-grown when you pick your own

CN-MR-38-2-Dame-Farm6234by Kristen M. Castrataro

What do you do when your available farmland decreases by 70 percent in one year, and the remaining 30 percent is half woodlands or stone fields? If you’re Jay, Darlene, Justin and Amy Dame in Johnston, RI, you turn to pick-your-own.

Ancestors of the Dame family, the Browns, have lived on the current farm since the 1840s. At that time, the farm had a few cows but primarily sustained itself as a market garden farm selling to local Mom and Pop stores. [Read more…]

Fifteenth annual Strolling of the Heifers

CN-MR-41-3-Fifteenth-Annual-Strolling-7567by Laura Rodley

Thousands attended the 15th annual Strolling of the Heifers last month. The event is great for Brattleboro Vermont’s businesses where the three-day event is held, great for agriculture, great for cows, great for 4-H clubs and great for the children who led the parade with their cows and calves.

Charlie Robb Sr. of Robb Family Farm in West Brattleboro drove his John Deere tractor with his wife Helen beside him, pulling the Stroll float toward the beginning of Saturday’s parade, after the heifers. [Read more…]

Franklin County Farm Bureau’s Inaugural Tractor Ride

CN-MR-36-3-Inaugural-Franklin1-Country-8229by Laura Rodley

The weather was perfect for haying; dry and sunny, with a couple consecutive days beyond for drying the cut grass. But David Freeman had something else in mind for his 1958 Ford Workmaster tractor. He unhitched it in the morning and rode it in the Franklin County Farm Bureau (FCFB)’s Inaugural Tractor Ride, joining 21 other tractors for the June 25 event. And he still planned on haying that afternoon, despite the 30-mile ride back and forth from his hometown in Heath, MA to nearby the Hilltowns. [Read more…]

62nd AHANE “Big Money” show helps riders qualify for Region 16 Championship

CN-MS-46-1-Horse-Showby Paul Burdziakowski

The Arabian Horse Association of New England (AHANE) held their 62nd annual show June 30 through July 2 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. The three-day event qualifies many New England riders for the Region 16 Championship in Syracuse, NY.

The AHANE is a regional club in New England, which is a part of the larger national association known as the Arabian Horse Association (AHA). The AHANE was formed in 1954 to encourage breeding, exhibiting and promotion of the Arabian Horse. [Read more…]