Horse need new home? Consider donating

CE-MR-1-Consider-donating121by Marilyn Munzert

Your wonderful competition horse just isn’t what he used to be. Whether he’s showing his age or a little unsoundness has cropped up, maybe he’s stopping at 3-foot jumps he used to sail over. Maybe, just when you thought you were ready for Second level, his hocks are getting too iffy for collected work. Or maybe he’s just jumped around one cross country course too many. You’ve helped him along with a well-planned show schedule, regular shoeing, chiropractic, joint supplements and the judicious use of such monsteroidal and inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) as bute. But in most cases there comes a day when even you have to admit that those efforts aren’t enough. [Read more…]

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association holds tomato talk

CN-MR-3-TOMATO-TALK_31by Rachel Carter

A few weeks ago, a consortium of local vegetable growers gathered at the Albion, ME research farm of Johnny’s Selected Seeds with one task in mind, to discuss the obstacles and opportunities related to growing tomatoes in the New England region.

The Tomato Growers Roundtable is a conduit for growers to listen to their peers and collaborate on potential solutions to the most prevalent issues. Topics ranged from thinning and pruning and planting density to disease and fertility challenges. [Read more…]

Plant Science Day at Lockwood Farm

CN-MR-2-PLANT-SCIENCE-DAY_021by George Looby, DVM

On Aug. 5, 2015 the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) hosted its Plant Science Day at the Lockwood Farm in Hamden, CT. Mother Nature cooperated, providing a nearly perfect day for the large crowd at this year’s event. The farm provides a field laboratory for Experiment Station scientists who work to investigate the many problems facing commercial growers, home gardeners and many other citizens of the state. [Read more…]

NOC hosted annual Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

CN-MR-2-CAPITOL-HILL-DAY_3961by Sanne Kure-Jensen

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) hosted their annual fly-in for Hill Day in mid-June. The three-day fly-in schedule included an Organic Farmer Alliance planning meeting and policy coaching before legislative meetings. Nearly 40 NOC delegates from around the country met with their legislators.

Steve Etka, NOC Legislative Coordinator and Abby Youngblood, NOC Executive Director led a thorough policy briefing and orientation session. Delegates felt well prepared for their Hill Day meetings with their Senators, Representatives and/or legislative staff. [Read more…]