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Small Farms Staff to Present at “Farmer to Farmer” Conference

If you head out to the Homer C. Thompson Research Farm in Freeville, NY, you’ll find a field filled with permanent beds in the organic section of the farm. These beds have been under trial for four years using different combinations of tarps, mulches, and tillage depths to discover the ideal system for an organic … Read More

Kids, Cows and Conservation at Vermont’s Chapman Family Farm

By Rebecca Harris In 1914, Sylvestor Howe packed up his horses, left behind his family and small brick house in Tunbridge, Vermont, to travel 90 miles to the big city of Brattleboro. He would return weeks later with the town’s first registered Holstein cows to start Holstein Stock Farm. Nine of the Howechildren would grow … Read More

Practice the Grazing You Preach

University of Vermont Grazing Specialist puts grazing practices to the test at home.  by Amy Overstreet  Marc and Cheryl Cesario own and operate Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall, Vermont, where they raise grass-fed beef and certified organic eggs. With 500-acres of certified organic pastureland, they harness solar energy that is converted into a wholesome and … Read More

Gimme Free Ice Cream!

One educator’s quest to address a pressing issue. by Jason Detzel I am a regular visitor to the Stewart’s Shops in my neck of the woods, and I’m not ashamed to admit that their ice cream and ready-to-eat pizza constitute a significant portion of my diet when I am on the road. This morning I … Read More

Stay the Course: Six Generations of Stewardship on the Corse Family Farm

by Amy Overstreet Over the years, the Corse family developed a strong working relationship with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and implemented soil and water conservation practices to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for their dairy operation and herd of 60 grass-fed dairy cows. In a part of the state not considered ideal … Read More

SPDES and On-Farm Construction

When planning an agricultural construction project, do not fall into the myth of agricultural exemption a general permit for stormwater discharge may be required. by Doug Kierst and Judy Wright When planning construction in your farmstead or farm area, is one of the first considerations whether you should obtain a NYS Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit … Read More

The Alfalfa HoneyBees – An Observation

In Wyoming County, the drought of the winter, spring, summer, and fall of 2016 was devastating for local honeybee populations. by Debra Welch In Wyoming County, the drought of the spring, summer, and fall of 2016 was devastating for local honeybee populations. Fall nectars and pollens are critical for colony build-up for the winter.  If … Read More

From the Burbs to the Curds

Artisan Cheese Makers Embrace Voluntary Conservation at Award-Winning Vermont Dairy by Amy Overstreet The story behind Vermont’s Consider Bardwell could be the plot for a really great movie. The lead characters are Russell and Angela, two New York City executives who decide in their fifties they want to buy a farm, raise goats, and be … Read More

Birds, Farms and Conservation

by Bill Wilson Mine was not a boyhood in deeply rural America. I was born and raised in the northeast corner of New Jersey, in Bergen County. In what is now one of the most densely populated areas of the U.S., we boys and girls of the 1950s enjoyed a freedom and natural abundance in … Read More

Bloom Where You’re Planted: Local Farmers Purchase Conserved Land

Local farmers plan to continue the legacy of environmental conservation left by Christine Kaiser in Stowe, Vermont. by Brenna Toman Conservation Success Begins Locally  Cradled by the looming curves of the Green Mountains to the west and the rocky spine of the Worcester Range to the east, Stowe is a thriving community patchwork of small … Read More

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