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Agritourism: The Authentic Farm Experience

A Vermont farm stay promotes economic viability at Liberty Hill Farm and agricultural literacy from the community to abroad. by Rachel Carter Tucked delightfully in the foothills of the Green Mountains along scenic Rte. 100 in Rochester, Vermont, sits Liberty Hill Farm—a working dairy farm defined by the 1890’s red barn with cupola—one of the … Read More

Balance farming and personal life with Holistic Planning Course

Holistic Financial Planning (BF 203) Building Farm Profit Into the Picture an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Wed. Jan. 20 – Feb 24, 2016 Webinars will be on Wed. evenings from 7-8:30pm EST http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/holistic-financial-planning-bf-203/ If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial … Read More

Part Time Farmer, Full Time Mom

Farming with a toddler gives “family farm” a new meaning by Sara Edelman It is 5:50am.  My alarm is going off, but I have already been awake for nearly 20 minutes, desperately trying to go back to sleep.  Thank you, toddler of mine, for being so keen on routine.  I hit snooze with the hopes … Read More

Spring Forward

by Ron MacLean In the Northeast, usually Spring is a renaissance after a long, cold, snowy season. This past winter, however, never really arrived. On February 2, 2012, the day Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter, there was little or no snow cover in much of the Northeast. Spring arrives in March followed … Read More

A Memoir: The Milk Must Get Through

By Ron Maclean One morning when I was about 9 years old, I woke to a snowstorm that crept in during the night.  When that happened, in the Central New York winter months, during the late 1940’s, the first thing families did was to turn the radio on to hear if school was cancelled.  Yes, … Read More

Switchel – A Time Tested Thirst Quenching Favorite

By Ron Mac Lean My Dad used to tell about working on his aunt and uncle’s farm in the summer.  Doing some rapid math, that may have been in the early 1930’s.  He didn’t tell many farm stories but a brief one that stands out involved working during haying season.  He emphasized the extremely hard … Read More

Neighbors Growing Winter Greens

By Lisa M. Dellwo Living in the Hudson Valley provides ample opportunities to “eat local.” On any given summer weekend, a visit to the farmers market can provide the makings for an entire meal or meals: produce, meats, breads, eggs, milk and cream, herbs, baked goods, and sometimes even a bottle of wine and flowers … Read More

Summer Vacations to the Farm

By Ron MacLean During the late 1940’s and early 1950’s my family, like many others, spent vacation time visiting relatives in the summer. The nation had just endured a war and money was scarce so family visits were a good match. My mother’s cousin, her husband and three daughters were part of a three-family owned … Read More

A Yarn about Mittens

By Troy Bishopp Several years ago I had the very good fortune of being a grazing mentor for the Regional Farm and Food Project.  In that capacity, I worked with an incredibly passionate grass farmer from East Meredith, N.Y. named Catharina Kessler. This descendant of Swedish royalty carefully nurtured her Black Angus cattle, multi-colored sheep … Read More

Brussels Sprouts: the Tasty, Tiny Morsels on the Stalk

By Ron Mac Lean Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Prosciutto or bacon, diced 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 Tablespoon butter 1clove garlic, minced 1 small onion, minced ½ cup of Balsamic vinegar 2 cups of chicken stock 1 ½ lbs. Brussels Sprouts Salt and pepper to taste Instructions: Fry bacon (or Prosciutto) in … Read More

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