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Conservation Success on Full Moon Farm

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Andrea Brendalen and John M. Thursgood Full Moon Farm is a NOFA-Certified Organic farm run by husband and wife, David Zuckerman and Rachel Nevitt.  The farm started in 1999 at the Intervale Center in Burlington, Vermont.  The two purchased their 155-acre piece of land located in Hinesburg, Vermont in 2008 and began farming there…

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From Seed to Shining Seed

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Petra Page-Mann Welcome to our new feature column on the topic of seeds! As local and organic become mainstream, the seed sowing our food has largely been left out of the conversation. Why does seed matter? In no way small or simple, each seed (open-pollinated, hybrid, GMO) sows a story much larger and more…

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The New York State Nut Tree Trail

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by John Wertis The John Gordon Demonstration Nut Grove near Trumansburg, NY is just one of the possible stops on the evolving New York State Nut Tree Trail. John Gordon was a well-known horticulturist with a nursery near Buffalo. He specialized in breeding and growing woody plants; particularly nut trees, paw-paws and persimmons.  He was…

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New Videos Teach Sheep Shearing

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Tianna DuPont Finding someone to shear your sheep is becoming more difficult and expensive every year, and more and more farmers are looking to shear their own. Producers interested in learning to shear their own sheep, or those who may just need a refresher to brush up on their skills, can now look to…

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New Proposed Food Safety Laws

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

Learn how the pending rules could impact your farm and speak up! Comments will be accepted through May 16th, 2013. by Jason Foscolo, Esq Recent regulations from the Food and Drug Administration have the potential to dramatically affect the way farmers conduct their business. On January 16, 2013, the FDA debated a series of sweeping…

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Peas: the Taste of Spring

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

Photo by Shona B. Ort   One of the first vegetables to arrive, nothing says spring like the crisp, fresh taste of peas.  Our photo feature this issue comes to us from Ort Family Farm in Bradford, NY.  Roger and Maria Ort primarily produce free range meats and open pollinated vegetable plants. However, a significant portion of their…

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The Dance of Farming

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by June Bartos An earlier version of this article was written in October 2011 for our farm blog. October 2012 marked our second year of life at Rod and Staff Farm. As I re-read it and look around us, I remain amazed by how far we’ve come in what feels like such a short time.…

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The Education of a Beginning Goat Farmer

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Stephanie Fisher I spent most of 2011 working and living in Brooklyn, NY with my boyfriend. I manned phones and servers in the semi-glamorous world of mail-order meat, while he managed an independent ice cream store in mid-town. We were trying our luck at post-graduate success, although it seemed our luck was running out;…

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Grow Your CSA Online

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Dan Livingston Though the internet has the potential to help grow a business, many farmers have trouble finding the most effective ways to utilize their time and energy online in order to get the best return on their efforts. Wholeshare (www.wholeshare.com) is an online marketplace for local and sustainable foods that allows groups of…

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Using Software to Help Build and Support Local Food Markets

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Kim Mills, Sue Rau, Jason Evans, and Jim Ochterski In this article, we draw on our experiences with two local food markets operating with Local Food Market Software to describe how software can be used to help build and support a local food market. Schoharie Fresh (http://www.schohariefresh.com) is an online consumer retail market in…

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