For the past 31 years, musical greats and Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp,Willie Nelson and Neil Young (alphabetic order to avoid any discussion on who’s music is better), have produced a music and food festival to celebrate and support family farms and promote local foods. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
“More cows doesn’t always mean more profit,” Victor Shelton, Grazing Specialist and Agronomist with NRCS, said. “It is due to increased cost, increased input, to maintain that number. More moderate stocking rates, usually are more profitable.”
Shelton discussed the relationship between carrying capacity, stocking rates, and winter-feeding costs in a recent webinar, “Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding.” [Read more…]
BOSTON, MA – Under a recent declaration made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 11 Massachusetts counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and three counties as contiguous natural disaster area counties due to crop losses, particularly of tree fruits like peaches, caused by frost and freeze occurring between February and May. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA – A four-year-old Ayrshire was named Supreme Champion Cow of the Premier National Junior Show on Sept. 19, during the 2016 All-American Dairy Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Cedarcut Burdette Clove C, exhibited by Erin Curtis Szalach, Cazenovia, NY, is the supreme champion. [Read more…]
Farmers from all agricultural sectors within the Connecticut River Watershed in both New Hampshire and Vermont are invited to join in sustaining the environmental health of the watershed through a membership in the newly convened Connecticut River Watershed Farmers Alliance (CRWFA). [Read more…]
Autumn is the time of year many farms and orchards open their doors for farm tours, pick your own apples and pumpkins, farm days and other events.
A recent webinar provided by the University of California Small Farm Program in partnership with FarmsReach featured speakers Scottie Jones, Director of the U.S. Farm Stay Association, and Meghan Bishop-Sanderson of Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, advising producers on how to get that coveted five-star rating. [Read more…]
It is often the unexpected, unpredictable things in life that make all the difference. Such was the case for Thomas Farms in Corinth, Maine. In 2000, Frank Thomas found himself in the hospital with a staph infection. It was harvest time, and 300 acres of chip potatoes sat in the field. The family hired a replacement harvester who bruised the produce so badly that the chip company immediately cancelled the Thomas’ contract. [Read more…]
Squicky. That’s the word that came to mind when I stared down an alpaca burger served to me by a farmer on a recent trip to Maine. Squicky embodies a feeling of disgust or repulsion, free from judgment over the rightness or wrongness of an act. For some, eating alpaca is like eating your favorite pet or muppet. But for a growing number of farmers in the United States, culling alpacas is not only about making their farm a sustainable enterprise; it’s about improving the quality of the animals raised in the United States. [Read more…]