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…]

Food processing workshop

CN-MR-2-FOOD-PROCESSING011by George Looby, DVM

The recent upsurge in consumer interest in produce grown nearby has prompted a similar interest in farm-grown processed foods such as jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup. These products bring a diversity to farm stands and farmers markets that is likely to result in increased sales. Realizing the need the combined Extension Services, UConn and the University of Rhode Island have developed a program to assist those with an interest in selling home grown processed foods at their stands and markets. The program, entitled “Processing Food for sale from your Connecticut on-farm kitchen” was held on April 15 and 16, 2015 at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam, CT. [Read more…]

Diamond K Spring Fling

CM-PP-6-Kegley141by  Kegley Baumgardner

During last month’s show the Keith’s ran 425 teams total in team penning and sorting. People from Canada, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee attended.

There was nearly $5,000 of added money in the classes and a saddle was given away to the high-money earning novice rider of the weekend. [Read more…]