As a teenager, Laurie Cuevas fell in love with Brown Swiss cows, raising, selling, and showing her Brown Swiss at local fairs and competitions including the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA. It was at a Big E Brown Swiss convention where she met her business partner Bruce Jenks. Their friendship and mutual love for Brown Swiss evolved into their business Maple Valley Ice Cream and Signature Swiss, with a herd of 20. [Read more…]
“Forks belong on your dinner table, not in your orchard.” Jon Clements, UMass Extension Educator shared his witty rules for pruning fruit trees, especially apples and peaches. Clements led a hands-on pruning demonstration at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, RI.
by George Looby, DVM
Food products of all kinds tend to promote strong opinions among consumer groups as to the merits of their particular favorites. For many years there has been a ongoing discussion among those who advocate the consumption of raw milk versus pasteurized. Milk has often been described as nature’s most perfect food and certainly its balance of essential nutrients does much to justify that claim. [Read more…]
When seven-year-old Austin Petow was given the opportunity to show a Lowline heifer by the name of Frosty, his parents Bruce and Lisa agreed that it would be a great learning experience for their son.
But Frosty needed some work. She had never seen a person the size of Austin, and was afraid of him. When Frosty arrived at the Petow’s farm in Vernon, CT in March of 2013, the Petows had to come up with a plan to make sure Austin and Frosty got to know one another safely. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
A program has been developed in northeastern Connecticut to encourage, foster and develop agricultural activities of all types. From its modest beginnings it has grown from a program with seven participating towns to over 14 and growing. The Agvocate Program evolved from a grant to the Town of Thompson five years ago and is now a well-defined program that is supportive of agriculture in many ways. The Agvocate Program has been defined as a grassroots program that empowers farmers, citizens and municipal decision makers to leverage partnerships, enact farm-friendly policies and regulations, provide tax incentives and revive the agricultural culture within towns. [Read more…]