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The Finances for a Small Organic Broiler Flock

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

by Mark Cannella The expansion of production and markets for regional or locally produced poultry products is hot. Recent state processing exemptions that allow small farms to conduct business has opened the door for many small start-ups or add-on poultry enterprises to enter the marketplace. In Vermont, there are many farms now operating through a…

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Let the Cattle do the Work!

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

by Eric Noel I’ve been studying human behavior and personal development for over ten years now. We as humans have the amazing ability to think. No other creature known to man has this ability. This is a blessing and a curse. Especially when ego steps in. We, and everything in the universe, seek expansion and…

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Four Reasons to Take a Farm Business Class

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

by Jessie Schmidt As the outdoor growing season winds down, the notices about upcoming classes, courses, workshops and conferences for farmers start filling email inboxes. Sometimes it’s easy to see the value of these learning opportunities. You experienced a problem this season with soil management or pest control and a workshop appears that addresses the…

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Farmer-Professor Finds Fulfillment in Grass-fed Sheep

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

by Tracy Frisch Jennifer Phillips’ love affair with grazing animals, and her subsequent farming career, began when she acquired a few lambs to mow her then two-acre yard. In 2001, after two decades in New York City she had just moved to Stuyvesant, in northern Columbia County, NY, to take a faculty position at Bard…

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Farm Hack: A Community for Farm Innovation

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

by Kristen Loria Started in 2011 by a team of farmers and engineers from the Northeast, Farm Hack is a project of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition in partnership with the Greenhorns. The start of Farm Hack came with an offer from MIT to host a teaching event that could connect ‘do-gooder’ engineers with farmer’s…

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Doubling Local Food in Vermont

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

Vermont Farm to Plate (F2P) Network unifies business, government & non-profits to scale up local food production & consumption by 2020 by Rachel Carter The Vermont Farm to Plate (F2P) Network is relocalizing food production and distribution in a statewide collaborative effort to rebalance the food system. A network of over 160 organizations encompassing all…

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Does Red Clover Cause Infertility in Sheep?

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

by Ulf Kintzel Various legumes and clovers, especially the red clover, are said to cause temporary infertility in female sheep when grazed during breeding season. If grazed for a prolonged period of time, red clover can supposedly cause permanent infertility in ewes. The cited reason for that infertility is an estrogen-like substance called phyto-estrogen. If…

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Aroostook Hops: SARE Grant Results in Increased Yield

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

By implementing drip irrigation and mulching, a Maine hops farm significantly improves yields and net revenue.   Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, environmentally, and socially. Learn about whether a SARE…

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A Four Dollar Grazing Chart

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

by Troy Bishopp My farm teetered between a D1 and D2 (Moderate to severe) on the U. S. drought monitor scale most of last summer which tested my 26 years of grazing experience and thinking skills. Although I must admit to being up for the challenge, at times it was a highly stressful endeavor to…

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Horse Connections

By Maryn Carlson / January 7, 2013

The Youth Pages are written by and for young people. We believe there’s a bright future for young farmers in the Northeast. Whether you live on a farm or only wish you did, we’d love to hear from you! by Haley Claes When I started taking lessons at 8 years old, my instructor, Marsha Douglass,…

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