Growing the farm with meat goats

2019-09-16T13:54:11-05:00September 16, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

Tucked away in Central New York, the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of a farming family are working to live up to their brood’s mission statement: “To live lives of significance that we can share with our family and friends. Our aim is to produce quality products using sustainable methods that allows us to move responsibly into the future while protecting that part of God’s creation entrusted to us.” (more…)

Grasstravaganza 2019: Finding inspiration in natural systems

2019-09-16T08:53:26-05:00September 16, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

New York’s NRCS Resource Conservationist, Ed Henry, set the stage of Grasstravaganza 2019 by quoting Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of a strong agronomic economy as the backbone of a nation: “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.” Henry believes the adoption of properly managed grazing is one of the most efficient ways to produce food for New York consumers and inspired the capacity crowd to grasp the possibilities. (more…)

Early detection halts invasive pests

2019-09-16T08:26:45-05:00September 16, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Invasive insect species can cause havoc on a farm because in many instances the pests have no natural predators. That’s why Patricia Wakefield-Brown, invasive species outreach for Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva and volunteer coordinator with Finger Lakes Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management, presented on invasive species at the recent Empire Farm Days. (more…)

The resilience of Pomeroy Dairy Farm

2019-09-09T16:01:07-05:00September 9, 2019|New England Farm Weekly|

by Laura Rodley

Brother and sister Randy Pomeroy and Rachel Monahan are waiting for the fourth inspection of their brand new onsite processing plant where they plan to make cheese. They’ve already passed the first three inspections at their Pomeroy Dairy Farm in Westfield, MA. They hope to have the processing plant up and running this summer. (more…)

Hemp talk gathers big crowd at Empire Farm Days

2019-09-04T13:56:50-05:00September 4, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — A standing-room only crowd gathered at Empire Farm Days to hear Larry Smart, professor, plant geneticist and breeder for Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture Section. The size of the group demonstrated their apparent interest in getting in on the ground floor of the growing and profitable hemp industry in New York. But before operators rush to sow their acres in hemp, Smart offered a few caveats. (more…)