E & J Scott Orchards ~ diversifying with Irish Dexter cattle

CN-MR-3-E-J-SCOTT-CATTLE_0231by Laura Rodley

BUCKLAND, MA — When Edward Scott was a boy growing up in Ashfield, MA his family’s farm had an apple orchard, chickens and cows. He became well known for his gift of working with apple trees. “The kids would pick apples when the other apple pickers were away at war,” said his daughter, Donna Scott. Her mother, Janice, and Edward attended the same school. “During WWII, the high school closed and students went out to help farmers. Apples were a big crop in this area, a way farmers got money. They’d pick apples in the fall and ship them.” [Read more…]

Conservation planning in organic livestock systems

by Tamara Scully

Conservation planners may not be familiar with working with certified organic livestock producers, and may harbor misconceptions about organic farming. Yet conservation planning and organic livestock farming share the same foundation: to preserve natural resources and promote biodiversity. [Read more…]

Spectators keep cool at 26th Annual Horse Show

CN-MR-2-CT-Classic121by Paul Burdziakowski
The Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show took place July 30–Aug. 1 just as Western Massachusetts experienced its hottest temperatures of the season. The Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA provided a comfortably cool setting for participants and spectators to get out of the heat and into the coliseum to watch some spirited competition. [Read more…]

Champion Row

CN-MR-3-CHAMPION-ROW__1131by Laura Rodley

Many exhibitors’ animals and exhibits won first prizes and championships at the 98th Annual Heath Fair. But everyone participating was a champion, carrying on the tradition of farming and hard work and supporting 4-H members. The theme of this year’s traditional Sunday parade was “Farm and Forest, Then and Now.” For many, the fair is an annual homecoming, attended this year by over 4,000 people. [Read more…]

Five 4-H teamsters eligible to compete at Eastern States Expo

CN-MR-1-4-H-WORKING-STEER-011BURLINGTON, VT — Five Vermont 4-H’ers in the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H working steer project have qualified to participate in regional competition this fall.

Hayden Lyford, Krystin and Madison Skoda (from Randolph, VT) and Analiese and Caleb Morvan (Northfield, VT) will represent the state at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA in September. Joey Ferris of Braintree also qualified but because he is only eight, he does not meet the age requirement to compete at the next level. [Read more…]