Grazing dairy saves money and time

CM-MR-2-HOLTERHOLM_55061by Sally Colby

Grazing isn’t the easy way out, but it was the ideal way for one Maryland family to honor the long history of their family who worked the farm in Jefferson, MD.

Adam Holter, sixth generation farmer on Holterholm Farm in partnership with his father Ron, says the farm was purchased 1889 in a bankruptcy sale. The land hadn’t been well cared for, so the Holters started the process of rejuvenating the property. [Read more…]

Virginia Farm Show set for Jan. 13-15, 2016

CM-MR-2-VA-Farm-Show2081by Jon M. Casey
The Lee Publications, Inc. Trade Show Division is pleased to announce that the 2016 Virginia Farm Show, the farm show for farmers, will be a Wednesday through Friday format. The dates are set for Jan. 13, 14, and 15, 2016. With free parking and free admission, the Virginia Farm Show remains the ideal showcase for farm equipment and services in the mid-Atlantic region. [Read more…]

Lipton brothers continue a family tradition

CN-MR-2-LIPTON-BROTHERS-DSC069381by Sally Colby

Louis and Jake Lipton may be young, but they certainly don’t lack experience. The brothers are producing a variety of crops on Pleasant View Farms in Somers, CT – a farm that’s been in the family since 1918. [Read more…]

Middlebury students study greens for farmers

CN-MR-3-Middlebury31by Bethany M. Dunbar

Students at Middlebury Union High School have been growing a wide variety of greens and carefully keeping track of data for local farmers. The project, part of the high school’s alternative education program, is a way for students to learn about agriculture and business. Students create business plans for their garden beds, pay their expenses and sell the greens to the high school cafeteria. Although the money they spend and make is not actual money, the math and business practices they learn are as real as can be. [Read more…]

Normandes for Gourmands

CN-MR-3-NORMANDES_17321by Laura Rodley

On the varied landscape of New England are dual-purpose herds of cattle with white coats dotted with what resembles brown jigsaw pieces, called Normande, used for both beef and dairy. Set against New England’s lush hills and valleys, it could be Normande in northwest France where the breed originates, used primarily for producing butter and cheese, such as world famous Camembert. [Read more…]