The Bone Farm

CN-MR-3-Bone1by Jane Primerano

Central Vermont’s rolling hills make for comfortable pasture for the Jersey cows on the Bone Farm in South Rygate.

Named a Vermont Century Farm, the farm is operated by David Bone with assistance from his wife, Jennifer, his Uncle Walter and three of his four children. The youngest, Evelyn, is only seven months old, but looks like she wants to be helping soon as she rides on her mom’s back.

“The kids all have chores,” David said of his older children, Noah, Quinn and Genevieve. [Read more…]

In North Carolina, the 2014 growing season stretched well past the state fair

CM-MR-3-GrowingNC2by Chris Bickers

The topsy-turvy 2014 North Carolina growing season came to an almost-complete end the first weekend in November, when many crop-producing areas experienced a killing frost that brought an end to growth in the field.

The end came later than expected. Over the past century, the first killing frost in North Carolina has usually fallen somewhere close to the beginning of the North Carolina State Fair, in the third week of October. In fact, North Carolina farmers have traditionally regarded the fair as celebration of the end of the harvest season. [Read more…]

Scaling up for institutional markets

CEW-MR-2-Institutional 967by Tamara Scully

Opportunities for scaling up small farms to serve a growing wholesale institutional demand for locally-sourced foods are knocking at the door. But farmers who choose to answer the call are advised to become GAP (Good Agricultural Pratices) certified, will need to implement washing and packing efficiencies, learn to manage labor, and have adequate storage facilities.

“People want what we are doing. Do not be afraid to scale up your farm,” farmer Tom Murtha, of Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, PA, said. [Read more…]

The Great American Milk Drive ~ helping families thrive

CE-MR-2-Milk Drive1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

It’s a fact. Ninety-five percent of food banks report that they do not receive milk in their donations.

“New York is one of the nation’s top milk producers,” stated Beth Meyer, Vice President of Communications with the ADADC. “Yet, on average, the state’s food banks are only able to provide about one gallon of milk each year to the families they serve.”

Meyer said it has been a challenge for Feeding America to meet food banks demand for milk because of the lack of donations, since people usually donate non-perishable items. [Read more…]