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The Chute

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Ulf Kintzel I get many questions about equipment needed to raise sheep – be it electric fencing, hay and mineral feeders, panels, or the chute. While all these items can be purchased, many of them are in my opinion overpriced or at least not affordable for a smaller sheep operation like mine. A couple…

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Cut Flowers for Beauty and Business

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by John Suscovich Adding a cut flower share can do a lot for your small farm. Whether you use it as a main-stay or just to add an aesthetic element, growing flowers can be a nice addition to your business.  Flowers can be used for wedding arrangements, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) flower shares, property beautification,…

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Uncommon Fruits with Commercial Potential

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Lee Reich When small farmers consider planting fruits, their thoughts typically turn first to apples. After that, peaches, plums, and other familiar fruits may come to mind. In this two-part article, I’d like to make a case for considering growing some uncommon fruits in addition to, or instead of, these more common ones. One…

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The Value of Increasing Pasture Numbers

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Bill Verbeten Historically, pastures have been seen as low yielding land and little, if anything, was done to increase their productivity. However, in recent years management intensive rotational grazing has done much to change this perspective and high yielding, high quality pastures now form the backbone of many profitable livestock farms. This article describes…

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Regenerating Your Next Forest: Keys to Success

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Paul Curtis, Gary Golf, and Jason Boulanger Have you ever wondered what it takes to regenerate your forest? Do you think that all you have to do is let nature take its course, or plant some seedlings to help things along? Some New York forest owners have discovered that forest regeneration is not so…

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Is Wind Energy Right for Your Farm

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Mark Mayhew If you are a farmer in New York considering wind energy, financial assistance and guidance is available from the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  NYSERDA’s is a public benefit corporation whose aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable…

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Reconnecting Refugee Farmers to Their Agricultural Roots

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

With support, Somalian Refugees find their way back to farming and community on peaceful ground. by Laura McCandlish It’s a crisp Saturday in mid-February at the largest indoor farmers’ market in the whitest state in America, housed in a grand old textile mill on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Brunswick, Maine. A rainbow…

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Food Recovery Q&A

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

An interview with Theresa Snow of Salvation Farms on ‘gleaning’ and agricultural surplus management by Laurie “Duck” Caldwell While many people across the Northeast are working to increase local food production, there are a handful of organizations focused on capturing the surplus and making it available to the most vulnerable people in their communities: the…

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Rhubarb or Bust: Farming Notes from Interior Alaska

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

A rancher’s hope for more farms and food security in a land of extremes by Ruby Peck-Hollembaek While reading all about Cornell University’s Small Farms Program in the Small Farms Quarterly, I decided that I should make a trip to learn more about the program. So, that’s just what I did. The trip gave me…

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Luscious Guide to Growing Fruit Naturally

By hpk23@cornell.edu / March 27, 2013

by Jill Swenson Move over vegetables. Less kale, more quince. Fewer zucchini, more kiwi. Make room for more fruit in the garden and on the farm. Whether you add fruits for your own home use or to add small crop diversity at the farm stand or farmer’s market, now is the time to explore what…

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