Growing the farm: next season’s production planning

C4-MR-1-Growing the farm 2by Tamara Scully

Planning for next season, particularly if you plan to expand your capacity, is a multi-dimensional process. Are you going to grow more crops and become more diverse? Will you expand by growing more of the same crops, increasing your production capacity? Or perhaps you’ll expand by extending the growing season. No matter how you opt to grow, preparing for the growing pains can make the process successful.

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Vermont Agrability Project helps Westfield farmer keep farming

CN-RP-1-VTagWESTFIELD, VT — The large tires on the power wheelchair easily navigated the rough terrain as Robert Smith piloted it through the milk house into the feeding pens. He picked a pitchfork off the wall, plucked a fork-full of hay from a pile and drove to a pen of goats, who received their first feeding from the smiling farmer. [Read more…]

Vermont finishes fourth in National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

CN-RP-1-VermontBURLINGTON, VT — The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team’s combined knowledge of dairy nutrition, herd health, breeding and genetics, calf raising, dairy marketing and other dairy-related topics resulted in a fourth place-finish in national competition.

The four-member team competed Nov. 7-8 at the 35th annual North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, KY. The event, which attracted 14 teams from across the country, was held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. [Read more…]

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…]