Fall Round-Up Grazier Meeting

2020-01-23T09:04:06-05:00January 22, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Brent Zimmerman is no stranger to farming. He grew up on a family farm in Michigan that raised dairy, hogs, hay and wheat. After high school he pursued a career in banking until a two-week vacation took him to Tuscany, Italy, in 1991. Instead of boarding his return flight, he stayed for 25 years and changed careers, getting back to his roots. (more…)

Fun on the Farm offers ag education

2020-01-22T14:33:19-05:00January 22, 2020|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Fewer families farm these days, meaning that they’re one or two generations or more removed from firsthand knowledge of farming. In New York, Ontario County farmers coordinate to host Fun on the Farm on odd-numbered years. This year marked the 15th event in 26 years. A different farm hosts the event each year. Though it includes many family-oriented activities, Fun on the Farm hosts are working farms that don’t ordinarily host guests — not agritourism locations that are continually open to the public. (more…)

Meadows, meat and matrimony support Brylee Farm’s Legacy

2020-01-22T10:29:45-05:00January 22, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

by Troy Bishopp

Thurso, Québec, is the birthplace of legendary hockey player Guy Lafleur, who was named one of the 100 greatest NHL Players in history. It’s also the home of the century-old Maloney Homestead Farm, now known in the French-speaking province as Ferme Brylee. Most folks who visit gladly trade their poutine for a chance to savor grass-fed meat barbecued over the fourth-generation farm’s open-air Argentine-style parrilla. “It’s our farm’s expression to the people and planet,” said Brian Maloney. (more…)

Farmers discuss their agritourism success

2020-01-22T10:27:31-05:00January 22, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

by Edith Tucker

GREENLAND, NH – The highlight for most of the 80 farmers who attended the New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference – “Agritourism: Building Connection Between Farmers, Customers and Community” – at the Portsmouth Country Club on Nov. 4 was the frank and open discussion by those who have taken the plunge into this new world. (more…)

Reducing liability risk when visitors come to your farm

2020-01-22T09:55:38-05:00January 22, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

by Edith Tucker

GREENLAND, NH – Based on many years of experience, insurance agent Andy Robertson, senior advisor, NFP Property & Casualty in Bedford, NH, offered a wealth of tips and warnings for those considering opening their farms up to agritourism at the 11th annual New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension on Nov. 4. (more…)

NH still working to pin down what agritourism is

2020-01-22T09:51:05-05:00January 22, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

by Edith Tucker

GREENLAND, NH – Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper kicked off New Hampshire’s 11th Direct Marketing Conference on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Portsmouth Country Club, co-sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. He was introduced by moderator Nada Haddad, Agricultural Business Management Field Specialist for UNH Extension in Rockingham County. (more…)