Madison County honors 2014 Conservation Farm of the Year

CE-MR-2-Conservation Farm 2by Troy Bishopp

HAMILTON, NY — The Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District welcomed area farmers, friends and conservation enthusiasts to a complimentary luncheon in celebration of the John Schell Family receiving the coveted 34th annual 2014 Conservation Farm of the Year and a New York State Assembly Citation at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY. [Read more…]

Berkshires are breed of choice- Passion and purpose coincide at Creek Place Farms

CM-MR-3-Agri Systems w ad 2by Sherry Bunting

BOWMANSVILLE, PA — Two words describe how passion meets purpose at Creek Place Farms: “Berkshires, naturally.”

The road to this 150-sow certified purebred Berkshire farm was years in the making for Donald and Maria (Kawulych) Longenecker. Their preparation, hard work and long hours are paying off in “happy pigs, living naturally, and ultimately rewarding consumers with delicious Berkshire pork,” as Maria put it. [Read more…]

Not your typical bovine

CN-MR-3-Not your 1by Laura Rodley

High in the hills of Hawley, MA sits Tregellys Fiber Farm, where Andrea Phillips of Cap Hill Tibetan Yak Farm in Little Compton, RI purchased her main yak bull Target as a calf, almost six years ago. She’s checked every year since to see if a female has been born. This year she hit the jackpot with a three week old thigh-high female whose grandmother is a Jersey.

Indeed, the Jersey behaved like a grandmother, protectively standing by the calf as she waited to be picked up. Her “dzomo” — half yak, half cow mother — waited behind the fence. No bellowing nor bleating arose; yaks only grunt, and that came later. [Read more…]