Building a good farm team — Part 1

CN-MR-2-FARM-TEAM_31by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Making a good hiring decision helps farm owners/managers and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. David Hambleton has been the farm manager of Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville, NY for 16 years. He shared his experience with hiring, training and managing over 30 Apprentices in a workshop at the 2015 Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Winter Conference. [Read more…]

Foiled Again!

by Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist

It has happened to us all — plans were coming together beautifully and then one trifling detail derails the whole operation. You get to the deer stand on opening day of hunting season and you realize that you left the ammunition (and/or lunch) on the roof of the truck – before you left home. Or, you get halfway to the lake for a rare and highly valued fishing venture with eager youngsters and a quick glance in the review mirror reveals that (for whatever reason) the boat is not there. Years later, you laugh (or not). [Read more…]

Diversity and success at raw milk micro dairy

CN-MR-3-WOTTON-FARM_02221by Tamara Scully

At Wotton Farm, in Ossipee, NH farmers Joel and Kathey Wotton operate a raw milk micro dairy. They milk twice each day, bottling the raw milk and separating the cream to make butter, aged cheeses and yogurt. These products are sold directly to the consumer, either from their farm stand, or at the farmers’ market. “I usually make cheese one or two times per week, butter one or two times per week and yogurt once per week. Then we have a market one day a week,” Kathey Wotton said, “we also make time to help customers, so when a customer arrives we go out to the farm stand.” [Read more…]

Lead Line rivals Paris

CN-MR-3-LEAD-LINES-21961by Laura Rodley

Haute couture in Paris has met its match and more at the 41st annual Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, as women and children and a few young men, dressed in their woolen finery, lead their sheep during the Lead Line competition. [Read more…]

The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Show

CN-MR-3-Loobyfleece31by George Looby

The last Saturday in April has long been the date for the Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Show and so it was again this year. The show was held on the grounds of the Tolland Agricultural Center located in Vernon, CT on April 25 on a near perfect spring day. [Read more…]