“Mike would have been devastated if we didn’t open,” said Adrianne Dunn, as she recalled this season’s opening day at Montpelier Farms — a farm she and her late husband Mike Dunn started back in 2007. Mike Dunn, a Virginia native and Maryland farmer, unexpectedly died less than two weeks before the farm was set to open for its 8th Fall agritourism season — at the age of 46. [Read more…]
The USDA joined other global partners in celebrating 2015 as the International Year of the Soil. This initiative is meant to underscore the importance of soil as a living “ingredient” which is literally the building block of our lives.
Assessing your soils now, and amending them this fall, can provide the foundation for a healthy 2016 growing season. [Read more…]
For the week of Sept. 18-26, the New York FFA State Officers traveled over 1,500 miles visiting agricultural programs all across New York. Two Greenwich seniors, Kaylah Gulley and Tricia Jordan, currently serving as State Treasurer and State Secretary respectively, participated in this tour. The National FFA Southern Region Vice President, Stephen McBride, from Tennessee, joined the state officers as they visited everywhere from John Bowne High School in New York City to Albion High School in western New York. [Read more…]
by JAY GIRVIN, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY
- What is an easement, and how can it be created?
A: An easement is a type of interest in real property and can be generally described as a non-possessory interest that allows the easement holder to use someone else’s land for a specified purpose.
One common type of easement is an easement that allows for the use of another’s property for purposes of “ingress and egress” — that is, to travel back and forth over someone else’s land. [Read more…]
Many who attend the annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, go for the thrill of watching hunters and jumpers. On one night, the audience had an opportunity to watch a skilled trick rider demonstrate what it takes to ride a horse full-speed around an arena with no hands or legs for control.
Ashley Pletcher didn’t grow up in a horsey family, but received a pony by the name of Sugar when she was eight years old. “She came from the local amusement park, but she could run,” said Ashley. “She didn’t like to leave the barn, so I rode far away from the barn, turned around and ran full-speed back to the stall. I know now that that’s not a good idea.” [Read more…]
People who believe in the precepts of organic and biodynamic gardening journey to a farm just outside the village of Marksboro in Frelinghuysen Township, NJ to study, to work, to visit with kindred spirits and to breathe some fresh air.
In 1980, a group of Dominican Sisters, nuns whose mission was education, brought the vision of Thomas Berry, a Passionist monk and cultural historian, to rural Warren County. Berry proposed that a deep understanding of the universe is essential to functioning in the world, according to his biography. [Read more…]
Rene Gasser is the seventh generation to work with horses, and not just any horses — Friesians — the Spanish Andalusians, Lipizzaners and Carthusians. Living part time in Australia and Switzerland, he has been touring for the last 10 years in Australia and abroad his productions, including Gala of the Royal Horses, Lipizzaner’s With the Stars and Equestra. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
As has been stated many times in recent years, the services, facilities and support programs available to new, young and start up farmers has expanded remarkably, making career transitions into agriculture far smoother than they would have encountered not that many years ago. The mindset of those closely involved at the support level has done an almost complete turn around in the last decade to one that finds itself eager to provide assistance in a wide variety of ways to those in the start-up mode. [Read more…]