Woodbury FFA chapter to send seven state-winning CDE teams to nationals

CN-RP-1-Woodbury FFA 1The Woodbury FFA chapter located at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury will be sending seven state-winning CDE Judging teams later in October to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  Because the Woodbury FFA members won first place in seven different state FFA judging contests during the past school year, there are 34 students from the Woodbury chapter who will attend the 86th National FFA Convention. In 2010, the Woodbury FFA chapter set a new national record of having 11 teams qualify for and compete at Nationals in the same year from the same chapter. This year, they placed first in seven different Career Development Event Judging competitions during the 2012-13 school year, qualifying them to compete nationally this fall in Louisville and compete against the best teams from each state in the country.

Traveling hooves

CN-MR-3-Traveling hooves 2by Laura Rodley
Liebe Coolidge is a USDA class C inspected exhibitor who raises registered French alpine goats, a large black and white colored milking breed. Also a lifelong owner of donkeys and an artist, she is proud to be a goat owner since the 70s, and is committed to selling “nice stock.” Three of her goats — Rosa Pascali, born in February and named after Coolidge’s grandfather Pasquali Rossi; Murray; and their half-sister Jitterbug — won “Best Get of Sire” at the Eastern States Exposition Center in Springfield, MA. Her goat, Serena, won 2nd place registered French alpine. The day before the event was her new business’, The Traveling Hooves, debut. [Read more…]

Farm meeting for Christmas tree growers held at Salomaa Tree Plantation

CN-MR-2-Farm meeting 1by Fred Salo
A farm meeting, illustrating the compost by Coring Injection method, was held at Salomaa Tree Plantation in Stannard, VT, Saturday, Sept. 14. Growers from six northeast SARE States were present for this all day event.

Fred Salo, grower and the SARE grant recipient, gave opening remarks and then presented the project in general, with specifics on test results to date. With the help of Jeff Carter, UVM extension, agronimist (also a tree grower) and advisor to the project, discussed the outcome of the composted trial blocks as opposed to the “control” areas. (As a grower, increased bud set for next year appears significant but because this is a three year project final results will be reserved for after the 2014 testing.) [Read more…]

Bootstrappin’: Everything a new farmer needs to know but was afraid to ask

CN-MR-1-Bootstrappin' 1by Terry Lynn Colligan
That Sunday morning, Sept. 22, looked less than promising weather-wise for the final day of the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine. Yet, by 2 p.m. the in and out sunshine shone down on fairgoers and the weather became slightly humid. The sponsor of the fair, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country.
Now in its 37th year of operation, the Common Ground Country Fair is encouraging young farmers in their chosen careers. To this end, Rebecca Thistlethwaite was a featured speaker addressing the topic of: Bootstrapin’: Everything a New Farmer Needs to Know but was Afraid to Ask!
During the past 15 years she has been a farm worker, a food retailer, an agricultural researcher, an educator, a farm owner, a nonprofit manager and a consultant to all sizes of farms. Most recently, she is the author of the book, “Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business.” [Read more…]

New Canton farmer named Virginia’s Farmer of the Year

CM-RP-1-New Canton farmer 1Virginia Cooperative Extension recognized Berkley Linwood “Lin” Jones of New Canton, VA, as Virginia Farmer of the Year at the State Fair of Virginia on Oct. 2. The award applauds individual contributions to the commonwealth’s agricultural industry.
A farmer for 33 years, Jones operates Berk-Mar Farm, primarily as a beef producer with a herd of 200 Angus-Gelbvieh cross cows. His work in improving beef genetics, saving money on mineral feed supplements, and using cooperative, value-added marketing of beef calves has gained nationwide attention while adding countless dollars to the value of cattle sold from his farm and other beef farms in Buckingham County. [Read more…]