Take a lesson from the humble donkey

2020-09-18T10:57:13-05:00September 18, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

by Pauline Boyer
I’ve been a horse lover my entire life. In the past few years, though, I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know a little about donkeys. The other day I was watching my newest donkey, Bella. She is only three years old and had recently lost her baby when my husband and I rescued her. As I watched her cautiously settling into her new surroundings and becoming acquainted with our old donkey Pearl, I found myself thinking of how different donkeys are from horses. It also made me think that, when it comes to working and staying safe on a farm, there’s a lesson to be learned from a donkey. (more…)

Apprenticeship serves as stepping stone at Cobb Hill

2020-09-21T09:49:25-05:00September 18, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

Apprenticeship serves as stepping stone at Cobb Hill

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

Cobb Hill is a 270-acre co-housing community in Hartland, VT. The land is collectively owned by 23 families. Kerry Gawalt, her husband Stephen Leslie and their daughter Maeve live in Cobb Hill and operate Cedar Mountain Farm on the property. The diversified enterprise, which consists of a dairy, three-acre market garden and compost production, utilizes most of the 70 acres of open land owned by the community. (more…)

Farm succession requires planning

2020-10-16T09:33:39-05:00September 18, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Many farmers want to pass on their land to a family member or a young farmer when they’re ready to retire. Since the cost of land, equipment and buildings is often higher than beginning farmers can afford, farmers anticipating succession should plan ahead to ensure their land goes where they want it to go. Practical Farmers of Iowa presented “Making the Land Affordable for the Next Generation of Farmers” as a recent webinar, hosted by Dale Nimrod, a farmer who has completed two succession plans, along with his attorney, Karl Knudson, and Matt Roberts, a certified financial planner in Des Moines. Sally Worley, representing Practical Farmers, emceed. (more…)

Tioga County 4-H youth thrive during uncertain times

2020-09-11T10:54:26-05:00September 11, 2020|Western Edition|

    Tioga County 4-H members didn’t get their usual opportunity to show off the animals they’ve raised, crops they’ve grown, and artwork they’ve created at a typical county fair this year. Instead of letting this year become a roadblock in their learning though, the youth worked harder than ever to master agricultural and artistic skills to present their projects to the community in unique ways. (more…)

Raising and selling bison

2020-09-11T10:56:30-05:00September 11, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Raising bison may sound like an easy way to raise meat animals, as bison don’t require shelter, even in northern climates; however, Martha McFarland, in a recent Practical Farmers of Iowa presentation, said that anyone interested in raising bison needs to fully understand the animals first. (more…)