The link between biodiversity and organic agriculture

CW-MR-3-BIOD-C3C1by Karl H. Kazaks

NRCS recently hosted an online program on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture and how organic agriculture tends to support increased biodiversity. The event was part of a series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

The occasion was part of the USDA’s broader effort to educate the agriculture community and the public at large about organic agriculture, with the aim to increase organic production. [Read more…]

Farmers’ markets get creative to bring in customers

CE-MR-2-Farmers-Market21by Jane Primerano

There are many farmers’ markets in northern New Jersey and they each have to get creative to stay busy and profitable.

The market in Sparta, Sussex County, has moved twice, from the municipal building parking lot to the middle school lot and now is in the parking lot of medical offices. [Read more…]

Read the label, and read it again

by Sally Colby

“The FDA is responsible for the regulation of all human and animal drugs in this country,” said Dr. Troy Brick, assistant professor in preventive medicine at the Ohio State University. “Their primary responsibility is to the public. They need to make sure that the food supply is safe, and they feel that in some instances, the use of antibiotics in our animals is contributing to resistance in some bacteria. I would argue that I do not believe that the literature agrees with that — there are arguments on both sides.” [Read more…]

Surfer Dude reigns

CN-MR-3-SURFER-DUDE_1651by Laura Rodley

There are horses throughout history that gain notoriety, living on in people’s hearts long after they’re gone. Roy Roger’s horse Trigger comes to mind, as does Misty — a wild pony made famous in the 1947 children’s book Misty of Chincoteague, penned by Marguerite Henry. Another, a possible descendant of Misty, is Surfer Dude; a stallion born and raised on the Island of Assateague, one of the few stallions that guard the north and south herds on Assateague Island — a federal reserve for wild horses. [Read more…]

Maple Breeze Farm


Between showers on a warm summer day, in the center of historic Chester, CT, John and Bonnie Hall of Maple Breeze Farm, in nearby Westbrook, are waiting on customers at the weekly farmer’s market. Their booth, covered by a tent, has the “Connecticut Grown” logo on it. John greets customers from the bed of his Ford truck, where there is a refrigerator, with frozen meat for sale — meat from their American Milking Devon Cattle and hogs. [Read more…]