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…]

The availability of equine scholarship programs

by George Looby, DVM

For years the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has acted as the regulatory body for intercollegiate athletics ensuring that student athletes adhere to the guidelines set forth by that body.

In addition to its power to regulate, the NCAA is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that both male and female athletes are treated equally. In 1996 the NCAA classified equestrian as an emerging sport, this a term that NCAA uses for sports programs that are just beginning to have an impact on the intercollegiate scene and wish to gain NCAA affiliation. NCCA affiliation requires that a given college or university meet with certain very specific rules and regulations in order to gain admission to the association. In that first year there were six institutions that met the criteria set forth by the organization, today 26 schools are recognized. Under NCAA guidelines, in order for the equestrian programs to move from the emerging level to the championship level there must be 40 schools recognized by the organization. It is interesting to note that of all the sports regulated by the NCAA the equestrian program is the only one limited to women. [Read more…]

Forage suitability groups: finally taking root?

C4-MR-2-Forage suitability 1by Tamara Scully

“There are very few states where Natural Resources Conservation Services staff have developed and completed all Forage Suitability Groups (FSGs) for their state,” Kevin Ogles, grazing specialist with NRCS said. “There are not any NRCS states in the Eastern U.S. that have completed them. However, recently most Eastern U.S. NRCS states have begun the process and will have them completed in a few years.” [Read more…]