The four Hs in 4-H stand for head, heart, hands and health. The 4-Hers that exhibited at the 42nd annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair also learned kindness and patience. 4-H is geared for children age six through 18. Three-year-old Asa Johnson of Owl Ridge Farm in New Braintree, MA was too young to compete, but wanted to help Georgianna Springstube of West Stockbridge, MA exhibit her Shetland lamb ewe in the junior ewe class. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
Proposed changes to the National Organic Program Livestock and Poultry Practices are open for a recently extended comment period, which now closes on July 13, 2016. There are new revisions covering animal welfare and health practices, requirements for outdoor access and living standards for mammals as well as poultry, and new regulations for transport and slaughter. Anyone involved in organic production is encouraged to understand the new proposals, and to provide comments for consideration. [Read more…]
With almost three-dozen member organizations, the Rhode Island Agricultural Council (RIAC) encompasses nearly every aspect of the state’s farming industry. They meet three times a year for dinner, member reports and general business. Their most recent meeting occurred in May at the Richmond Grange. [Read more…]
Consumers today are much better informed when it comes to matters of nutrition and food safety than were preceding generations. This is due in large measure to the work of food scientists whose understanding of food microbiology continues to expand. Despite this ever-expanding body of knowledge, hazards continue to exist in the food chain that pose a potential threat to the consumer. [Read more…]
Oftentimes, the amount of work farmers do feels like moving mountains: haying fields, milking cows, managing the bills, the responsibility of securing a farm’s future by diversifying. But for third generation farmer Phillip Stevens of Carter and Stevens Farm in Barre, MA, the mountain he had to move was himself. He had fallen off a roof 14 years ago while repairing the shingles on a barn and shattered both calcaneus bones, an injury commonly referred to as “roofers’ heel”. [Read more…]
The Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) held their annual show May 19-22 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the four-day show, which featured competitive riders and their American Quarter Horse breeds competing in a full slate of classes and plenty of prizes up for grabs.
Northampton, MA has been the site of the MQHA spring show since it first started but due to a scheduling conflict this year they had to find a new home and new dates. [Read more…]
Growing in a damp forest understory, emerging from the sides of stately trees, or showing up in brilliant colors on the side of a walking trail, mushrooms are a miracle. Their colors, shapes, and sizes are almost as limitless as their flavors. Golden Oysters brighten the palate, tasting as sunny as they look. Blue Oysters are subtle and mild, a mushroom for people who think they dislike mushrooms. For the best in these, and so much more, the RI Mushroom Company in South Kingstown, RI is the place to go. [Read more…]
Pollinators fear not. Master Beekeeper Nancy Mangion has got your back. When you purchase bees from Mangion, owner of Beekeepers’ Warehouse in Woburn MA, she does all she can to make sure the buyer has the knowledge they need to make their bees thrive. She mentors beekeepers from all over New England.
Mangion studied beekeeping at Cornell University, and earned her Master Beekeeper certificate in 2009. “It’s very difficult. There’s only about four of us in the northeast,” she said. [Read more…]