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Beef Cooperative Makes Dollars and Sense

By pooling product, the 25 farmer members of Adirondack Grazers have more than doubled their return on grass-fed beef. By Sarah Nechamen New York State loses a farm every three days. For many of these farmers, the economics just didn’t work out: they were spending too much time and money producing, marketing and distributing their products … Read More

Investigating the Profitability of the Paper Pot Transplanter on a Small Scale Vegetable Farm

By Liz Martin The spring of 2011 was extremely wet in New York State. Local farmers shared stories of being delayed by five weeks in getting out to prepare the soil for planting. A sense of desperation filled the air- don’t try to keep farmer’s from their fields when the normally appointed time for planting … Read More

Ducks with a Purpose

Two-year SARE grant funded the investigation of cost-effectively raising slug-eating ducks in a shiitake mushroom yard. By Abigail Woughter What is SARE? SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, environmentally, and socially. Learn about whether a SARE grant … Read More

Taking a Butter Knife to Kefir Cheese

Rose Belforti of Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery received a second SARE grant to make her newly perfected kefir cheese recipe spreadable. By Rachel Whiteheart After Rose Marie Belforti’s four daughters took off for college, she was left with an empty nest and an emerging interest in raising cattle in the countryside.  Rose researched breeds and finally … Read More

Watch Out Diesel: There’s a New Fuel in Town

Dave Dolan of Flying Rabbit Farm creates syngas out of locally produced grass pellets. By Rachel Whiteheart “VRRRRRRRMMM….” As the engine on Dave Dolan’s tractor sputtered to life, I stood by, watching Dolan scurry around the machine, turning knobs and flicking switches. Puffs of smoke emerged from the complex fueling system handcrafted for this tractor, … Read More

Quinoa Curiosity

Farmers David McClelland and Mei-ling Hom used SARE funding to trial the increasingly popular grain quinoa on their rural New York farm. By Abigail Woughter Nestled on the eastern edge of rural Allegany County, New York, diverse Maplebank Farm is owned by David McClelland and Mei-ling Hom. Both formally trained artists, McClelland and Hom each bring … Read More

Keeping Heifers Fit

Fay Benson Used Pedometers to Track Cow Health. By Rachel Whiteheart Fay Benson’s Facebook page “Girls of Summer” isn’t what the innocent web surfer might think.  Instead of featuring topless women, as the evocative name suggests, Benson’s page promotes another type of unclothed female: the dairy heifer. Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture … Read More

Aroostook Hops: SARE Grant Results in Increased Yield

By implementing drip irrigation and mulching, a Maine hops farm significantly improves yields and net revenue. By Erin Roche Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, environmentally, and socially. Learn about whether … Read More

Taking Agritourism as High as a Hot Air Balloon

Donna Quadri developed a comprehensive agritourism plan to help vineyard owners and businesses enhance tourist experiences by Rachel Whiteheart Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, environmentally, and socially. Learn about whether … Read More

Sweet Cherries: A MAP for the Future

Craig Kahlke engaged local growers in trials of a new preservation method for sweet cherries. By Elisabeth Rosen Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, environmentally, and socially. Learn about whether a … Read More

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