Seventeen breeds of sheep represented at 32nd annual Northeast Youth Sheep Show

CN-MR-43-3-NEYSS-sheep-sho1w4616by Paul Burdziakowski

The 32nd annual Northeast Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) and the New England Private Treaty Sale took place July 14-17 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the four-day event, which featured New England youths practicing their sheep showmanship skills and top breeders selling various breeds of sheep. [Read more…]

Wholey Cow Farm

CN-MR-33-3-Wholey-Cow89318by Laura Rodley

Wholey Cow Farm in Conway, MA is now ready to sell raw milk. The long awaited labels featuring a handsome cow with a halo arrived on Friday, July 8. They already had the cows, two caramel colored Jerseys and their calves. John and Jane Wholey own the farm and yes, the name Wholey is pronounced, “holy.”

His father Lawrence bought three parcels in 1922, first in Conway and later in Shelburne, running the farms together as Ferry Farm. Having been busy working for the Boston and Maine Railroad since 1909, his father used hired help. [Read more…]

Navigating and negotiating permits and regulations key in promoting agritourism

CF4-GR--MR-4-NAVIGATING-PERMITSby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Opening your agricultural doors and inviting the public in to enjoy a day in the country touring your farm, picking their own fruit and vegetables, or other events to promote your farm and agriculture in general may sound like a great way to drum up business.

Did you know if you don’t make special handicap accommodations you can be sued (of course these suits always include attorney’s fees)? [Read more…]

Franklin County 4-H Fair

CN-MR-27-3-Franklin-County-Fair-8398by Laura Rodley  

Lessons in gentleness and creativity were apparent in the rabbit building at the Franklin County 4-H Fair as participants dressed their small rabbits in homemade costumes.

Maggie Brisbois, of Chesterfield, age 13, transformed her tortoiseshell colored Dutch Rabbit named Double Stuffed into an M&M™ at the fair held June 25. She has previously dressed up her other rabbit, also a tortoiseshell Dutch Rabbit (Oreo) as a knight and Sir Hops-a lot as Super Rabbit. [Read more…]

Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work

CW-MR-49-1-PATH-TO-PROFITABILITYby Tamara Scully

The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]