Agri-Science student’s organic shiitakes

CN-MR-22-1-Agri-science-student19451by Lorraine Strenkowski

Fourteen-year-old Ben Stankoski of Colchester CT, has been working on his grandmother’s farm ever since he can remember. For owners of Maggie’s Farm, Carol Brzozowy and her partner of 30 years, Jim Peppin, organic farming is a way of life. Ben brought awareness of his family’s produce to his school, the Regional Agricultural Science and Technology Center in Lebanon, where the farm is located. [Read more…]

People’s choice

CN-42-3-People's-choice89210by Laura Rodley

Farming resembles a square dance called people’s choice, swiftly changing partners according to the directions of the caller. Sometimes you have to let go of one your partners and go on by. Such was the case with Hager Brothers Farm. They used to be a dairy, but they let go of their dairy cows and switched to beef to sell at their busy roadside Hager’s Farm Market. [Read more…]

Diversifying works for Red Gate Farm

CN-MR-12-1-RED-GATE-FARMby Laura Rodley
Nigerian Dwarf goats frolic and school children get a chance to gather eggs, plants seeds, put up fencing, and drive Joe the Milking Shorthorn ox at Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, MA. Like many other farms that diversify, the farm also hosts wedding receptions in its three story circa 1870 barn. Recently, owner and Farm Director Ben Murray went over his things to do list to be ready for hosting the reception of his neighbor, Naomi Clark, who was married two days to Craig Richter.

“We’re honored she would choose us,” said Murray. [Read more…]

More for less in pastures

CN-RP-26-1-more-for-less-alfalfaMultispecies pastures show productivity, drought tolerant promise

Getting more for less is an attractive concept. But it isn’t that easy when it comes to producing more food on less land with fewer resources.

  1. Howard Skinner has been researching this idea of more for less in agriculture. Skinner is a physiological plant ecologist and member of the USDA-ARS-Pasture System and Watershed Management Research Unit. He’s been looking into how to increase the amount of forage (grasses and plants that animals eat) pastures can grow. If a piece of land can produce more forage, it can feed more cows. More cows mean more beef and milk.

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Missing/stolen Pinzgauer bull

CN-MR-5-1-Missing-bull1On Saturday July 23, 2016 a Pinzgauer Bull went missing from Harrison, Maine.

It is now assumed he was stolen. Please be on the lookout for him.

He is a 3-year old Registered Pinzgauer bull.

Left Ear Tattoo: PRF 08A. He is halter broke and has been shown. His name is PRF Tiko and he is very friendly.

Tiko weighs about 1,300 lbs, moderate frame. He breaks/dips behind the shoulders.

If you have any information concering Tiko, please contact: Clayton and Kathy Haskell at Pleasant River Farm, 9 Harriet Ave., Windham, Maine 04062, call 217-892-5396 or email: prfpinz@myfairpoint.net . [Read more…]