Grazing for a unique market

CN-MR-2-BENEDIKT-FARM_49711by Sally Colby

It’s hard to start a farm from scratch, but it’s possible for those who have ideas, determination and help from seasoned professionals.

Max Blindow is one farmer who went that route. He became interested in farming in his native Germany and worked on several farms before coming to the United States in 2009. [Read more…]

Best of the Fest and the World

CN-MR-1-JASPER-HILL-CHEESE_011by Laura Rodley

Jasper Hill Farm produces almost 1 million pounds a cheese a year, over their whole collection: 995,000 pounds to be exact. They were just named Best of the Fest for Harbison at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, the people’s choice, determined by people who attend the festival. [Read more…]

The link between biodiversity and organic agriculture

by Karl H. Kazaks

NRCS recently hosted an online program on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture and how organic agriculture tends to support increased biodiversity. The event was part of a series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

The occasion was part of the USDA’s broader effort to educate the agriculture community and the public at large about organic agriculture, with the aim to increase organic production. [Read more…]

Dreams do Come True

CN-MR-2-DREAMS-COME-TRUE-17941by Laura Rodley

In his first show, a Dales Pony, Brimstone Rob Roy, owned by John Aberth of Vermont Firefly Farm won the Overall Performance championship at the New England Connemara and Dales Show held in South Woodstock, VT mid-July. They also placed 4th in the in-hand class (conformation), 3rd in the in-hand class (fitting and showmanship), 6th in the pleasure walk-trot class, 4th in the command walk-trot class and 3rd in the pleasure walk-trot-canter class.  [Read more…]

Deciphering requirements for organic livestock feed

CEW-MR-1-Deciphering7501by Tamara Scully

Certified Organic producers must follow the Organic Feed Standards. But it’s not easy. Although guidance and resources are available, the many components of a feed ration and the various rules governing these can be difficult to decipher. Working closely with your certifier, and assuring that all rations are approved before utilizing them, are the best ways to insure that your organic certification remains valid. [Read more…]