BUCKLAND, MA — When Edward Scott was a boy growing up in Ashfield, MA his family’s farm had an apple orchard, chickens and cows. He became well known for his gift of working with apple trees. “The kids would pick apples when the other apple pickers were away at war,” said his daughter, Donna Scott. Her mother, Janice, and Edward attended the same school. “During WWII, the high school closed and students went out to help farmers. Apples were a big crop in this area, a way farmers got money. They’d pick apples in the fall and ship them.” [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
by Tamara Scully
Conservation planners may not be familiar with working with certified organic livestock producers, and may harbor misconceptions about organic farming. Yet conservation planning and organic livestock farming share the same foundation: to preserve natural resources and promote biodiversity. [Read more…]
by Paul Burdziakowski
The Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show took place July 30–Aug. 1 just as Western Massachusetts experienced its hottest temperatures of the season. The Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA provided a comfortably cool setting for participants and spectators to get out of the heat and into the coliseum to watch some spirited competition. [Read more…]
Many exhibitors’ animals and exhibits won first prizes and championships at the 98th Annual Heath Fair. But everyone participating was a champion, carrying on the tradition of farming and hard work and supporting 4-H members. The theme of this year’s traditional Sunday parade was “Farm and Forest, Then and Now.” For many, the fair is an annual homecoming, attended this year by over 4,000 people. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]