Lead Line rivals Paris

CN-MR-3-LEAD-LINES-21961by Laura Rodley

Haute couture in Paris has met its match and more at the 41st annual Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, as women and children and a few young men, dressed in their woolen finery, lead their sheep during the Lead Line competition. [Read more…]

Drone use in agriculture

CM-MR-3-DRONE-USE-1141191by Bill and Mary Weaver

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are seen by many as a new, transformative tool used in precision agriculture. The UAVs potential lies in the ability to quickly capture snapshots of information needed by farmers to help assess and manage current agronomic conditions. A UAV can quickly scout large sections of field to help identify and pinpoint such things as nitrogen stress, early signs of insect damage, disease and water stress. [Read more…]

Moutoux Orchard branches out to a full-diet, year-round CSA

CM-MR-1-MOUTOUX-1a1by Karl H. Kazaks

PURCELLVILLE, VA — Moutoux Orchard has undergone a lot of change in the last decade. In 2005, the orchard pulled up stakes from its original location near Tysons Corner, moving its operation, barn and all, to what had previously been a companion orchard here in Loudon County. Just as dramatically, the family operation has also transformed itself from a commercial orchard into a full-diet, year-round CSA. This process took place in a number of stages. [Read more…]