The Bone Farm

CN-MR-3-Bone1by Jane Primerano

Central Vermont’s rolling hills make for comfortable pasture for the Jersey cows on the Bone Farm in South Rygate.

Named a Vermont Century Farm, the farm is operated by David Bone with assistance from his wife, Jennifer, his Uncle Walter and three of his four children. The youngest, Evelyn, is only seven months old, but looks like she wants to be helping soon as she rides on her mom’s back.

“The kids all have chores,” David said of his older children, Noah, Quinn and Genevieve. [Read more…]

North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar

CN-GO-rp-northcountryby Heather Bryant, Steven Turaj and Olivia Saunders, UNH Cooperative Extension regional field specialists

On Oct. 29, 131 farmers and gardeners joined us for our annual North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar and Trade Show. The program was co-hosted by Coos, Grafton and Carroll County Cooperative Extension staff, and provided a good end-of-season opportunity for growers from all over northern New Hampshire to renew old friendships, network, discuss the seasons’ problems and get excited for next season. [Read more…]

Champion Belted Galloways from Harmony Meadows Farm

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The Romani family breeds registered Belted Galloway cattle at Harmony Meadows Farm in Glocester, RI. Instead of selling their animals for beef, they focus breeding efforts on quality genetics and prize-winning conformation. They sell superior beef steers and champion show stock. [Read more…]

Agricultural mediation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Sanne Kure-Jensen

Agricultural mediation programs can significantly reduce resolution costs and personal angst for conflicts between agricultural producers, their creditors, neighbors or others directly affected. Benefits of mediation include significant savings over litigation, bankruptcy hearings and administrative appeals. Mediation can help repair relationships between parties, while the traditional legal process often leaves all parties financially burdened and emotionally drained. [Read more…]

Winners announced for Vermont 4-H pumpkin trial

CN-RP-3-VTPumpkin1BURLINGTON, VT — The results are in from the Vermont 4-H Pumpkin Trial weigh-ins on Oct. 11, with the heaviest pumpkin in the trials hailing from Beebe Plain.

The pumpkin trial, which was sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, was open to all Vermont kids, ages five to 18, who wanted to grow giant pumpkins. Participants were given “mystery” seeds in mid-April to plant. Some choose to start their seeds indoors while others direct seeded into the garden when the danger of frost was past. [Read more…]