What does OSHA have to do with agriculture?

CEW-MR-osha1by Steve Wagner

Government regulatory over-reach is rapidly becoming the norm — randomly challenged at best, it encourages more paperwork and, yes, more unnecessary regulations. One example is WOTUS (Waters of the United States). As this worst-case scenario slowly but surely finds legs, we can almost hear the hypothetical groaning. [Read more…]

Grace Hill Farm

CN-MR-4-GRACE-FARM_24501by Laura Rodley

For artisanal cheese to obtain its flavor, it must be aged in a perfect environment. The ultimate environment is a cave, such as the caves in the Franche Comté region in eastern France where large hard rounds of Comté cheese are aged. If you don’t have a cave, you can build one — just as Max and Amy Breiteneicher did at Grace Hill Farm in Cummington, MA. [Read more…]

Building a good farm team — Part 2

Being a good farm boss

by Sanne Kure-Jensen

When successful farm businesses grow beyond what farmers can do themselves, it is time to bring in outside labor. Making a good hiring decision helps a farm owner/manager and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. [Read more…]

The New England Small Farm Institute

by George Looby, DVM

The New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) is a land based, non-profit organization located in Belchertown, MA on a 416-acre property that once served as the Belchertown State School. Founded in 1978 by a local citizens action group, to encourage more sustainable regional agriculture. This group was Women in Agriculture, Food Policy and Land Use Reform whose mission was and continues to be to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning or transitional farmers. [Read more…]

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…]