Pless family maintains a long tradition of farming

CM-MR-2-Pless family 2by Karl H. Kazaks
ROCKWELL, NC — The Plesses have been farming in what is today north central Cabarrus County for a long, long time — since 1760. That’s when their ancestor Christopher Pless received a land grant from King George IV. The land his descendents farm today — part of the original grant as well as adjoining land Christopher subsequently purchased — has been continuously owned by the Pless family. [Read more…]

Custom innovation

CEW-MR-2-Custom Innovation769by Tamara Scully
The production area at Homestead Heritage farm is dominated by an odd-looking contraption, one which happens to be on the cutting edge of value-added products. Visitors may hear a whistle, which forewarns of the oncoming, loud  “bang,” signaling completion of the process, and the availability of a new value-added product. [Read more…]

Farming Protected Land Workshop

CN-MR-2-Farming Protected 2by George Looby, DVM
In October the first of a series of three statewide workshops was held at the Senexet Grange in Woodstock, CT to discuss the workings of the several land trust programs existing within the state and means of achieving greater uniformity and clarity in the way in which they are presented to the land owners who may be interested in participating. This series of meetings was developed by the American Farmland Trust (ATF) in partnership with the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) and the Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) to develop model easement terms and conditions to include in conservation easements that are protecting land for agricultural use. [Read more…]

Holstein triplets born at Lampkin’s Dairy Farm

CEW-MR-2-Holstein triplets3aby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

This year Halloween surprised Laurie and Melvin Lampkin III with what turned out to be a trick and a treat all in one, when one of their Holsteins presented them with triplets — three adorable calves.

Laurie, who is primarily the caretaker of the calves at Lampkin’s Dairy Farm, was the first one to discover them. “She had them all on her own,” Laurie said. “I just went in and found them all together.” [Read more…]

How sweet it is: Goat milk caramels at Big Picture Farm

CN-MR-3-How sweet 2by Laura Rodley
When Louisa Conrad and Lucas Farrell came to Peaked Mountain Farm in Townshend, VT three years ago to help with farm-caretaking, they didn’t know that they would start a thriving candy business, selling award winning caramels made from their own goat’s milk online and wholesale to 200 stores nationwide. They had an inkling only of a small business when they took on caretaking of sheep for the sheep dairy with permission to bring their own goats.

Since then, they have purchased 87 acres of the farm on top of steep Peaked Mountain Road, renamed it Big Picture Farm, and have four full time employees. [Read more…]