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Soil Health and Fertility for Perennial Tree Crops

By Claire Cekander / July 8, 2016

July 16, 2016, 11:00 am-3:00 pm 3336 Podunk Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886 Managing orchard fertility is about more than just fertilizer. The fact is your orchard soil is a giant digestive engine, chewing up carbon, nitrogen, and minerals to feed not only your trees but the soil food web. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the…

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Free Agriculture Energy Audit Program

By Claire Cekander / July 6, 2016

NYSERDA offers financial assistance to identify electric and natural gas energy efficiency measures for eligible farms and on-farm producers, including but not limited to: dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. NYSERDA will assign Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech) Program Consultants to perform free energy audits to eligible farms and on-farm producers. This program offers…

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

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

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…

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A Vegetable Farm Covered in Green

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by Brian Caldwell Blue Heron Farm uses grass strips and cover crops to improve soils, increase productivity The arrangement of vegetable fields into a bed layout with permanent growing areas and separate wheeltracks (alleys) has several advantages.  In contrast to systems in which beds are re-formed every year, compaction from tractor tires is confined to…

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Certified Naturally Grown offers Mushroom Certification Program

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by Alice Varon Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), a grassroots organization that offers peer-review certification fordirect-market farmers and beekeepers, is launching a Mushroom certification program in May 2016.Nearly 800 farmers and beekeepers throughout the United States are CNG certified, mostly for produce,but also for their livestock, apiary, and aquaponics operations.  In recent years, CNG staff noticed…

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Pig Production Grows Quickly

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by Jo E. Prout Pig production runs the gamut Greene County farmer Bitta Albright is entering her fourth season in pig production, after starting with only two to raise for herself. “They’re very addictive. You can’t just have one pig,” she said. “We enjoy it. Oh, my gosh! I started with two for meat for…

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A Frosty Night from a Young Farmer's Perspective

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

Every spring, all farmers struggle with frost and jump through hoops trying to keep their farm safe; and that’s exactly what this small, family run produce farm in New Jersey did. by Lianna Bonacorsi Just about eight years ago, my family had outgrown our tiny house in Trenton, New Jersey with the birth of my…

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Old Order Farmer has Ivy League Role

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by R.J. Anderson In Penn Yan, NY, commercial vegetable grower Nelson Hoover does not own a car, a computer or a PhD. In fact, as a member of the Groffdale Conference Mennonites, Hoover’s formal schooling ended after eighth grade. But, for over a decade, the 28-year-old has been at the forefront of vegetable growing innovation…

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Climate Smart Farming

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

How is the Changing Climate Affecting Your Farm?  by Jonathan Lambert As many are certainly aware, the earth’s climate and weather are always in flux.  However, the rate of change in climate conditions and severe weather events we are seeing today is far beyond what previous generations have had to face, and is having a noticeable…

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Crucifer Cover Crops for Small Farms

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by Thomas Bjorkman Cover-crop radishes have become a real hit with many Northeast growers to help improve their soil health. This article will cover some ideas on using radishes and some related crucifer cover crops to help growers fine-tune their practices so that they get more value out of this cover crop. My group has done…

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