Year: 2012

Cornell Small Farms Program Update- Winter 2012

By Violet Stone / January 9, 2012
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Message from the Managing Editor This year we are celebrating a decade of bringing you Small Farm Quarterly!  We certainly have seen an explosion of growth in homesteads, micro-enterprises, and small farms over the past ten years here in the Northeast.  From backyard chickens to farm dinners, the revival in small-scale food production is reconnecting…

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Consider Deep Pack Barns for Cow Comfort and Manure Management

By Fay Benson / January 9, 2012
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Small dairy farm operators may soon be confronted by the prohibition of winter spreading of manure. Any farmer looking to update their barns should consider a design that can accommodate a deep bedded pack (DBP) system. A DBP system incorporates animal feeding and manure storage into one open barn, and can be especially helpful to…

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A Memoir: The Milk Must Get Through

By Ron MacLean / January 9, 2012
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  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, this day…