Back To The Future Farm – a rosy picture of the future of farming

CE-MR-3-BTTF1by Judy Van Put

Scores of family, friends, neighbors and well-wishers gathered at the O’Dell Dairy/Back To The Future Farm just off County Route 6 near Middletown, NY on Sunday, July 13, to celebrate the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the “Ole Mother Hubbert Creamline Milk” on-site creamery.

The gathering began at 11:30 a.m., with the ceremony beginning at noon, followed by a chicken barbecue. Various Cooperative Extension agents and representatives as well as legislators and assemblypersons were on hand with letters of commendation, plaques and awards and hearty congratulations to Mike O’Dell — and Rose and Lee Hubbert, for seeing their dream come to fruition. [Read more…]

Can a haunted barn save the farm?

CW-MR-1-Haunted barn5by Sally Colby

In the early 20th century, most families who lived in urban areas had relatives who farmed, and those urbanites often spent at least part of the summer on the farm. If that counts as recreation, then agritainment isn’t new. At the time, it was no stretch to find city families visiting their farm relatives for weeks at a time, or perhaps leaving the children on the farm to visit grandparents or cousins. Urban family members developed an appreciation for the hard work that goes into food production, and probably returned to the city relieved that they didn’t have to live that life. [Read more…]

A woman jouster in Sherwood Forest

CN-MR-2-Jousterby Laura Rodley

In Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. In Montague’s forest, he invited others to do his work and allowed them to feel rich by giving donations of food — part of their entrance fee at the fourth annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival — to be collected by the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to feed the poor and hungry. Proceeds will also benefit Montague Common Hall repairs, Leverett-based Wingmasters Raptor Center, 4-H’ers manning the archery booth and local Girl Scouts. [Read more…]

Summer forage tour showcases a variety of warm-season grazing options

CM-MR-3-FieldDayby Karl H. Kazaks

RAPHINE, VA — Richard Clemmer and his wife Becky recently hosted more than 60 people on their farm in far-northern Rockbridge County for a dinner and evening farm tour. On display were a variety of summer forage options they have planted for their 200-cow beef cattle operation.

Attendees came from across the Shenandoah Valley, central Virginia, southwestern Virginia and West Virginia.

“I want to learn some new ideas,” said Kent Shipe of Mathias, WV, explaining his decision to attend the event. “I’m particularly interested in crabgrass.” [Read more…]

Youth demonstrate their skills at the Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo

SONY DSCby Hope Holland

The Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo (SMILE) is the fruition of the collaborative efforts of volunteers from the five-county region of Southern Maryland, University of Maryland Extension staff, the St. Mary’s County Fair Board and The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. Participation in the Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo is open to youth 8 to 21 years of age from the entire region of Southern Maryland, including Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, and Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, and other counties by invitation. The 2014 show was held on June 21 in Leonardtown, MD. [Read more…]