All tied up

CE-MR-1-All-tied-up21by Marilyn Munzert

One of the most common horse-related problems is horses that pull back when tied. As with anything else that involves horses, there are several ways to help a horse through this situation. Several different ways will be effective. I wanted to find a way that is effective and that is a good deal for the horse. [Read more…]

Capturing images with impact

CE-MR-2-WILL-PARSON_021Will Parson is a photographer and media professional at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and works as a Multimedia Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis, MD. [Read more…]

Grace Hill Farm

CN-MR-4-GRACE-FARM_24501by Laura Rodley

For artisanal cheese to obtain its flavor, it must be aged in a perfect environment. The ultimate environment is a cave, such as the caves in the Franche Comté region in eastern France where large hard rounds of Comté cheese are aged. If you don’t have a cave, you can build one — just as Max and Amy Breiteneicher did at Grace Hill Farm in Cummington, MA. [Read more…]

Building a good farm team — Part 2

Being a good farm boss

by Sanne Kure-Jensen

When successful farm businesses grow beyond what farmers can do themselves, it is time to bring in outside labor. Making a good hiring decision helps a farm owner/manager and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. [Read more…]

The New England Small Farm Institute

by George Looby, DVM

The New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) is a land based, non-profit organization located in Belchertown, MA on a 416-acre property that once served as the Belchertown State School. Founded in 1978 by a local citizens action group, to encourage more sustainable regional agriculture. This group was Women in Agriculture, Food Policy and Land Use Reform whose mission was and continues to be to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning or transitional farmers. [Read more…]