Cars were lined up on country roads, parked in front of 10 homes. It was an extended party of sorts, a chance for visitors to get a rare peek at the owners’ working farms and gardens during the 24th Annual Franklin Land Trust (FLT) Farm and Garden Tour held June 27. The Buckland, MA based non-profit FLT has been conserving farmland, open space and rural character since 1987, working with landowners and communities to protect the future of their land by putting it into conservation easements. [Read more…]
Nearly 100 delegates from six New England States gathered June 11 and 12, 2015 at the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Summit in Boston, MA. Delegates discussed food worker justice and opportunities to improve regional self-sufficiency and sustainability. Delegates heard about a regional plan to grow 50-percent of regional food needs locally by 2016. [Read more…]
Manure and the potentially dangerous gasses from manure storage and agitation are one of the inevitable aspects of livestock farming. The combination of working in confined space and a farmer who needs to keep moving can be lethal.
Rob Meinen, Penn State extension in the ag safety program, describes confined space as ‘large enough to enter but with limited or restricted means of entry and exit, and not designed for normal, continual occupancy by a worker.’ [Read more…]
The level of support given to young farmers continues to grow and the subject matter they are able to tap into has few if any limitations. Further the ways in which this information is made available seems to have no bounds. [Read more…]
How many young farmers met their financial goals their first year in farming? Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi started their 3-acre farm with solid training and experience in organic growing, lots of energy and a thorough business plan. Bob has an agricultural degree from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences or Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria and worked as a farmhand at Greenview Farm in Wakefield, RI. Camille met Bob while she was apprenticing at the farm. Both praised the hands-on organic production, marketing and sales training they received from Greenview Farm’s owners, Craig and Emily Totten. They share these invaluable lessons by mentoring a farm apprentice at Little River Farm. [Read more…]