Red Fire Farm and the secrets for success

CN-MR-3-SecretsRedFire1by Laura Rodley

The secrets for success for Red Fire Farm, which grows certified organic vegetables on two farms in Montague and Granby, MA, is perseverance and cultivating great workers — as well as great vegetables.

Farm owners Ryan and Sarah Voiland grow vegetables for four summer and five winter farmer’s markets, and sell wholesale to markets and restaurants such as Greenfields Market, Whole Foods Markets, Northampton’s Blue Heron, Greenfield’s People’s Pint and more than 1,600 CSA members — the majority Boston residents. [Read more…]

USTPA Region 8 competition held in Virginia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Kegley Baumgardner

The United States Team Penning Association held their Region 8 competition in Austinville, VA on Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27. The host of the event was Diamond K Arena, owned and operated by Larry and Tammy Keith. The Keiths offer training, lessons and sell horses at their facility. [Read more…]

Building a foundation in horsemanship

CM-HR-MR-2-FOXMEADOWby Sally Colby

A group of women work their way around the ring, each one thinking about their next move. Each will take a turn at a series of low jumps while the others wait their turn. Kim, their instructor, provides both encouragement and correction as she watches each rider go.

Kim owns and operates Fox Meadow Farm in Haymarket, VA, and in addition to her young riders, has a substantial number of adult students. [Read more…]

Ask the Lawyer

by JAY GIRVIN, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY

Q. If I’ve received an agricultural assessment exemption in the past, what are the consequences if I convert the property to a nonagricultural use going forward?

A. As local assessors are working to complete their final assessment rolls for the coming year, this is a good time to review agricultural assessment exemptions and to address what happens if land previously afforded an exemption is converted to a nonagricultural use. [Read more…]

Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill caters to small flock, fiber producers

CE-MR-3-Battenkill Fibers4by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

At a time when more small business are being pushed aside to make room for larger ones, Mary Jeanne Packer’s carding and spinning mill is an exception.

Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill is targeted toward the small flock farmer and is prepared to accommodate them.

“Mary Jean has created a mill to process fiber from small flocks like mine,” said Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk. [Read more…]