A local legend and her border collies

CN-MR-3-Colliesby Laura Rodley

Local legend Becky Peterson’s shadow doesn’t stay behind her or disappear at high noon. It runs in front of her, to her side, a little bit ahead. Sometimes she has four or five. Her shadows are pedigree border collies she raises at Orchard View Farm. They follow her wherever she goes, although not all at once. When needed, she can choose from five working dogs. [Read more…]

Aspen Ridge Farm: naturally-raised meats

CE-MR-2-Aspen-Ridge-by Tamara Scully

Hidden down an old dirt road, Aspen Ridge Farm is home to Meredith and Bucky Acly, their two young children, and the assorted livestock they raise in rural Warren County, New Jersey. The 25-acre farm, located in Oxford, is home to pastured broilers, laying hens, pigs, dairy cow, veal calves, and Icelandic sheep. [Read more…]

Successful urban farmers use intensive agriculture

CN-MR-1-Urban farmersby Sanne Kure-Jensen

There are many benefits to farming in urban areas. Most urban farmers enjoy being close to their markets and customers. They also spend less time and money transporting goods to customers than rural growers. Urban sites generally offer easy access to potable water. Most urban farmers have fewer wildlife problems than their rural counterparts. Urban environments also tend to be 6 – 8 degrees warmer than rural areas. This is partly due to the heat island effect of pavement and sidewalks. [Read more…]

Tractor square dancing in Peppermint City

CW-MR-4-Tractor Square4cby Al Dorantes

The fabric of America is held together by our small towns. Some towns have violet festivals and some celebrate strawberries and some jump frogs. Lyons, NY, once upon a time, was the peppermint capitol of America and to celebrate their heritage and affinity with peppermint Lyons holds Peppermint Days including a tractor show. The 13th annual tractor show is also home to what is believed to be the only tractor square dance in New York State. [Read more…]

Grasstravaganza 2014 promotes love of the land through understanding

CEW-MR-3-Grasstravaganza3by Troy Bishopp

MORRISVILLE, NY — Aldo Leopold once said, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” This sentiment was an overarching theme at the three-day Grasstravaganza 2014 event that brought 150 farmers, ag educators and conservation professionals together to peer deeply into soil health, pasture productivity and creating wealth by nurturing the land. [Read more…]