Sustainability was invented here


People who believe in the precepts of organic and biodynamic gardening journey to a farm just outside the village of Marksboro in Frelinghuysen Township, NJ to study, to work, to visit with kindred spirits and to breathe some fresh air.

In 1980, a group of Dominican Sisters, nuns whose mission was education, brought the vision of Thomas Berry, a Passionist monk and cultural historian, to rural Warren County. Berry proposed that a deep understanding of the universe is essential to functioning in the world, according to his biography. [Read more…]

Gala of the Royal Horses

CN-MR-3-GALA-HORSES-15161by Laura Rodley

Rene Gasser is the seventh generation to work with horses, and not just any horses — Friesians — the Spanish Andalusians, Lipizzaners and Carthusians. Living part time in Australia and Switzerland, he has been touring for the last 10 years in Australia and abroad his productions, including Gala of the Royal Horses, Lipizzaner’s With the Stars and Equestra. [Read more…]

Training real estate agents to better serve their farm clients

by George Looby, DVM

As has been stated many times in recent years, the services, facilities and support programs available to new, young and start up farmers has expanded remarkably, making career transitions into agriculture far smoother than they would have encountered not that many years ago. The mindset of those closely involved at the support level has done an almost complete turn around in the last decade to one that finds itself eager to provide assistance in a wide variety of ways to those in the start-up mode. [Read more…]

Johnson named 2015 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award winner

CN-MR-1-Johnson-Whitie49261The 2015 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award was presented to Jason Johnson of Woodstock, VT, during the Supreme Champion Ceremony at World Dairy Expo on Saturday, Oct. 3. This annual award is presented by the “Whitie” Thomson family to a herdsman or showman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout World Dairy Expo. [Read more…]

The Big E 2015

CN-MR-3-BIG-E-2971by Laura Rodley

The Big E is a major sleight of hand in organizing. During the week, each set of animals are led in, judged, and then moved out so the next set can move in.

In the sheep department over 800 meat sheep were judged from Friday to Tuesday, according to Nancy Miniter who mans the sheep desk. After much pondering and discussion by the judges, the winner of Supreme Champion Ram was Evan Syme of South Windsor, CT, with a Polled Dorset lamb out of the champions of every breed that had won over the last few days. After the meat sheep breeds and their owners moved out, the wool sheep moved in.   [Read more…]