Savvy farmers communicate with customers and seek feedback

CEW-MR-1-Seek feedback6785by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Savvy businesspeople know that happy customers return and spend more money. Smart farmers ask loyal CSA, farmers market and restaurant customers what they liked. Smart businesspeople seek customer suggestions for the future.

Engaged customers are loyal customers. Always greet your customers personally at CSA pickups, farmers markets and on deliveries. Ask customers their opinions and take their advice when you can. Make them feel that your improvements or changes were their idea. It does not matter who gets the credit for a great idea. [Read more…]

New Year brings new OSHA safety regulations for dairy farms

CEW-MR-1-OSHA1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

In an effort to help dairy farmers understand new regulations becoming effective this year, a ‘work group’ including the Soil & Water Conservation District, NY Farm Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York Center for Agriculture and Medicine are hosting informational meetings concerning the Local Emphasis Program (LEP); an OSHA Inspection Program for Dairy Farms. [Read more…]

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…]


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…]