HARPSWELL, MAINE — “We’re the luckiest farmers in Maine,” said pasture aficionado, Joe Grady of Two Coves Farm. The historic seaside community of Harpswell, steeped in lobstering tradition and providing scenic vistas for vacationers, seem to be the lucky ones as they balance out their seafood diets with local, pasture raised and garden delicacies. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
Climate change is real. It’s impact will both be felt by dairymen, and will be influenced by their management practices. That message was heard loud and clear as leading researchers, extension and conservation professionals, professors, energy professionals, engineers and dairy farmers gathered for an intensive two-day conference — with a third day of tours — focused on mitigating the impact of climate change. Held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, the conference was co-hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program. [Read more…]
It’s hard to start a farm from scratch, but it’s possible for those who have ideas, determination and help from seasoned professionals.
Max Blindow is one farmer who went that route. He became interested in farming in his native Germany and worked on several farms before coming to the United States in 2009. [Read more…]
Jasper Hill Farm produces almost 1 million pounds a cheese a year, over their whole collection: 995,000 pounds to be exact. They were just named Best of the Fest for Harbison at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, the people’s choice, determined by people who attend the festival. [Read more…]
by Karl H. Kazaks
NRCS recently hosted an online program on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture and how organic agriculture tends to support increased biodiversity. The event was part of a series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.
The occasion was part of the USDA’s broader effort to educate the agriculture community and the public at large about organic agriculture, with the aim to increase organic production. [Read more…]
In his first show, a Dales Pony, Brimstone Rob Roy, owned by John Aberth of Vermont Firefly Farm won the Overall Performance championship at the New England Connemara and Dales Show held in South Woodstock, VT mid-July. They also placed 4th in the in-hand class (conformation), 3rd in the in-hand class (fitting and showmanship), 6th in the pleasure walk-trot class, 4th in the command walk-trot class and 3rd in the pleasure walk-trot-canter class. [Read more…]
Certified Organic producers must follow the Organic Feed Standards. But it’s not easy. Although guidance and resources are available, the many components of a feed ration and the various rules governing these can be difficult to decipher. Working closely with your certifier, and assuring that all rations are approved before utilizing them, are the best ways to insure that your organic certification remains valid. [Read more…]
John Kenny of Big Train Farm in Cranston, RI uses a four-step process to prepare his fields for planting. After a cash crop is finished, his 100 Black Australorp chickens clean up any crop residue. John said his chickens love green tomatoes. [Read more…]