Five 4-H teamsters eligible to compete at Eastern States Expo

CN-MR-1-4-H-WORKING-STEER-011BURLINGTON, VT — Five Vermont 4-H’ers in the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H working steer project have qualified to participate in regional competition this fall.

Hayden Lyford, Krystin and Madison Skoda (from Randolph, VT) and Analiese and Caleb Morvan (Northfield, VT) will represent the state at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA in September. Joey Ferris of Braintree also qualified but because he is only eight, he does not meet the age requirement to compete at the next level. [Read more…]

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association holds tomato talk

CN-MR-3-TOMATO-TALK_31by Rachel Carter

A few weeks ago, a consortium of local vegetable growers gathered at the Albion, ME research farm of Johnny’s Selected Seeds with one task in mind, to discuss the obstacles and opportunities related to growing tomatoes in the New England region.

The Tomato Growers Roundtable is a conduit for growers to listen to their peers and collaborate on potential solutions to the most prevalent issues. Topics ranged from thinning and pruning and planting density to disease and fertility challenges. [Read more…]

Plant Science Day at Lockwood Farm

CN-MR-2-PLANT-SCIENCE-DAY_021by George Looby, DVM

On Aug. 5, 2015 the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) hosted its Plant Science Day at the Lockwood Farm in Hamden, CT. Mother Nature cooperated, providing a nearly perfect day for the large crowd at this year’s event. The farm provides a field laboratory for Experiment Station scientists who work to investigate the many problems facing commercial growers, home gardeners and many other citizens of the state. [Read more…]

NOC hosted annual Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

CN-MR-2-CAPITOL-HILL-DAY_3961by Sanne Kure-Jensen

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) hosted their annual fly-in for Hill Day in mid-June. The three-day fly-in schedule included an Organic Farmer Alliance planning meeting and policy coaching before legislative meetings. Nearly 40 NOC delegates from around the country met with their legislators.

Steve Etka, NOC Legislative Coordinator and Abby Youngblood, NOC Executive Director led a thorough policy briefing and orientation session. Delegates felt well prepared for their Hill Day meetings with their Senators, Representatives and/or legislative staff. [Read more…]

Surfer Dude reigns

CN-MR-3-SURFER-DUDE_1651by Laura Rodley

There are horses throughout history that gain notoriety, living on in people’s hearts long after they’re gone. Roy Roger’s horse Trigger comes to mind, as does Misty — a wild pony made famous in the 1947 children’s book Misty of Chincoteague, penned by Marguerite Henry. Another, a possible descendant of Misty, is Surfer Dude; a stallion born and raised on the Island of Assateague, one of the few stallions that guard the north and south herds on Assateague Island — a federal reserve for wild horses. [Read more…]