Winter grazing: a hot topic

C4-MR-1-Winter grazingby Tamara Scully

The University of Vermont’s “Across the Fence” television program is the longest running locally-produced program in the United States, and  is produced by the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension. The show recently featured Jenn Colby, Pasture Program Coordinator at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Colby, along with Vermont cattle farmer Bruce Hennessey and Jim Welch, UVM Professor Emeritus and beef cattle farmer, discussed winter beef cattle grazing. [Read more…]

Gratitude

by Kathy Jablonski, Field Specialist, 4-H Healthy Living, Youth and Family Team, UNH Cooperative Extension

The holiday season is one filled with joy, memory making and anticipation. For some folks, it’s a time of reflection and goal setting, others to celebrate a joyous time in their religious calendar and many of us to give and receive gifts. It’s also a time of gratitude…for what we have in our lives and the people we have who are supporting us through this journey. [Read more…]

Johnson’s Farm Family

CN-MR-3-Johnson's 1by Laura Rodley
The Johnson family of Orange, MA serves maple syrup at Johnson’s Farm Restaurant Sugarhouse and Gift Shop all year long and sells through their farmstore and website.
They’re menu features pan-seared maple scallops, maple chicken, maple barbecued ribs and baked beans made with maple syrup and homemade maple donuts.   [Read more…]

Alternate ingredients for organic pastured broiler chickens

CEW-MR-1-Organic Chickens 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

For small-scale organic farms, pastured broiler chickens may offer valuable contributions in a crop rotation program. Chickens contribute to soil fertility. Farm-produced cereal grains like Naked or Hulless Oats offer valuable supplements to organic poultry diets.

Organic produce growers will often raise non-organic pastured poultry because of the high costs of organic feed. Loyal customers who know their farmer and trust their practices buy these pastured birds rather than seek certified organic birds. [Read more…]