Students at Middlebury Union High School have been growing a wide variety of greens and carefully keeping track of data for local farmers. The project, part of the high school’s alternative education program, is a way for students to learn about agriculture and business. Students create business plans for their garden beds, pay their expenses and sell the greens to the high school cafeteria. Although the money they spend and make is not actual money, the math and business practices they learn are as real as can be. [Read more…]
On the varied landscape of New England are dual-purpose herds of cattle with white coats dotted with what resembles brown jigsaw pieces, called Normande, used for both beef and dairy. Set against New England’s lush hills and valleys, it could be Normande in northwest France where the breed originates, used primarily for producing butter and cheese, such as world famous Camembert. [Read more…]
The recent upsurge in consumer interest in produce grown nearby has prompted a similar interest in farm-grown processed foods such as jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup. These products bring a diversity to farm stands and farmers markets that is likely to result in increased sales. Realizing the need the combined Extension Services, UConn and the University of Rhode Island have developed a program to assist those with an interest in selling home grown processed foods at their stands and markets. The program, entitled “Processing Food for sale from your Connecticut on-farm kitchen” was held on April 15 and 16, 2015 at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam, CT. [Read more…]
During last month’s show the Keith’s ran 425 teams total in team penning and sorting. People from Canada, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee attended.
There was nearly $5,000 of added money in the classes and a saddle was given away to the high-money earning novice rider of the weekend. [Read more…]
As a 4-Her, Matt Carman took pride in his herd of registered dairy goats. With the help of his parents Don and Deb, he learned how to select quality dairy goats, how to feed and care for young kids and how to fit and show. Most 4-Hers draw on their 4-H experience throughout life, but Matt turned what he learned into a career.
Matt’s original concept for the operation known as Liberty View Creamery in Littlestown, PA was to make goat’s milk ice cream and that’s still an option for the future. For now, he’s focusing on developing the milking herd as well as additional markets for Grade A goat milk. [Read more…]
Mosquito season will begin soon in Virginia and has already begun in some areas. That means it’s time to start thinking about vaccinating your horses against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Rabies is not a mosquito-borne disease, but it’s a fatal disease that also requires an annual vaccination.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) urges all horse owners to check with their veterinarians for vaccination recommendations for their animals. Virginia only had one confirmed case of WNV (Augusta County) and one of EEE (Suffolk) in 2014, although many other states had a much higher incidence of cases. [Read more…]
The dozen or more attendees at Penn State Extension’s New Organic Vegetable Producers class — the second class in an ongoing series of five spring and four fall classes offered in the Lehigh Valley — were playing games. In this case, it was a game of “Insect Jeopardy,” designed to insure that they will know if crops are in jeopardy from insect attacks, what to do to prevent pest problems, and how to treat them. [Read more…]
by Mary C. Gruszka
Running a successful farm business relies not only on technical skills in the field, but increasingly on internet and computer skills, as well as promotion and marketing savvy.
To help farmers and farmers markets increase their web presence and skills to better promote their operations, the Farmers Market Federation of New York launched a new website development program. [Read more…]