Walking into the farm store at Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield, RI, you might think success comes easily. Gorgeously decorated cakes beckon, surrounded by shiny floor-to-ceiling glass refrigerators. A visit with sisters Ellen Wright Puccetti and Elizabeth Wright Dulude would quickly dissuade you of that illusion. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]
You have to start somewhere and be given a chance. That is what Gary Gaylord of Rensselaer Falls, NY did for his team Sweet and Sassy, a pair of 10 month-old-Chianina breed oxen. He travelled the six hours from his home to the Massachusetts Ox Teamsters Association Ox Pull this past June to let them pull for the first time, competing against other teams. [Read more…]
The Scottish Highlander Festival held in June at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond, RI had a rainy start, but that didn’t thwart Sylvia Murray or her Border Collies, Fern and Tessie. They were as eager to demonstrate the art of sheepherding as if the sun had been shining brightly.
A regular fixture at the Festival, Sylvia provides information about Border Collie temperament, sheepherding history and sheep psychology. Her two dogs are ideal candidates for demonstrations because they behave very differently and show two distinct methods of working sheep. [Read more…]
The award is presented annually by University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program to an exemplary Vermont dairy farm. This farm, owned by Kirk and Katrina Lanphear, was recognized for its well-managed herd, high quality milk production, sound management practices and strong work ethics. [Read more…]
Fourteen-year-old Ben Stankoski of Colchester CT, has been working on his grandmother’s farm ever since he can remember. For owners of Maggie’s Farm, Carol Brzozowy and her partner of 30 years, Jim Peppin, organic farming is a way of life. Ben brought awareness of his family’s produce to his school, the Regional Agricultural Science and Technology Center in Lebanon, where the farm is located. [Read more…]
Farming resembles a square dance called people’s choice, swiftly changing partners according to the directions of the caller. Sometimes you have to let go of one your partners and go on by. Such was the case with Hager Brothers Farm. They used to be a dairy, but they let go of their dairy cows and switched to beef to sell at their busy roadside Hager’s Farm Market. [Read more…]
by Laura Rodley
Nigerian Dwarf goats frolic and school children get a chance to gather eggs, plants seeds, put up fencing, and drive Joe the Milking Shorthorn ox at Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, MA. Like many other farms that diversify, the farm also hosts wedding receptions in its three story circa 1870 barn. Recently, owner and Farm Director Ben Murray went over his things to do list to be ready for hosting the reception of his neighbor, Naomi Clark, who was married two days to Craig Richter.
“We’re honored she would choose us,” said Murray. [Read more…]