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Farmigo: Farm Management Software

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 16, 2015

Farmigo CSA Management Software lets you to manage your CSA, from member sign-ups to delivery. Never miss an opportunity to gain a new member with online sign-up and payment. The mobile-friendly software allows you to manage member accounts, track payments, send emails, and much more on the go! Working with over 300 CSA’s throughout the…

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The 7th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 13, 2015

Featured speakers will include: Neil Dennis, of Sunnybrae Farms, Saskatchewan, Canada and Allan Nation, Editor, Stockman Grass Farmer, based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, Thomas Kilcer. Advanced Ag Systems, Kinderhook, NY and Jim and Deborah Taylor of Sunny Acres Farm, Athens, NY. Once again this year there will be a Friday evening banquet with local grass-fed beef,…

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Young Farmers Work Together in the Community School’s Young Farmer Transition Program

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

By John Welton For years now, aspiring young farmers have found a patch of land in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains where they can deepen their farming experience. The Community School provides two-and-a-half acres of cultivated garden space for the motivated individual to grow produce for sale through a small (30-40) member CSA program,…

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Selecting a Used Tractor for Your Farm, Part II: Locating a Tractor

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

By Rich Taber In the first installment of this series on selecting a farm tractor, I covered the tractor features that might be needed for you to accomplish your goals on the typical farm. In this second installment, I cover some of the different ways you might locate and purchase a tractor that suits your…

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On-Farm Heating with Biomass

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

By Chris Callahan David and Jane Marchant of River Berry Farm—an organic vegetable and fruit producer in Fairfax—were early adopters of biomass heating when they installed a corn and pellet furnace in one of their greenhouses in 2008. The furnace required manual lighting and, whenever a strong wind blew, the fire could be snuffed out,…

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Grazing Our Way to Health

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

A Farmer’s Journey to Raising Grass-Fed Beef. By Marvin Moyer “How do you raise your beef? Do you use growth hormones? Do you feed your animals GMO grain and what about antibiotics and herbicides?” These are questions I hear again and again. Consumers are showing an interest in how their food is produced. Ever since the…

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Seed, Story & Citizen: An Interview with Scott Chaskey

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

By Petra Page-Mann Scott Chaskey has been well described as a working farmer, poet, and spiritual father of the community farming movement. Twenty five years ago he began Quail Hill Farm, one of the original CSAs in the country, as an innovative stewardship project with the Peconic Land Trust on Long Island. Currently serving 250 CSA…

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A Hop Forward for NY-Grown Brewing Grains

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

Thanks to the ‘Farm to Glass’ classroom, New York State farmers and brewers now have access to in-depth training for producing and malting home-grown grains. By Sarah Nechamen A hundred and fifty years ago, New York State was producing 90% of the country’s hops. Just about every farm had two or three acres of hops…

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Mushrooms Turning a Profit for Forest Farmers in the Northeast

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

Research Shows Woodland-Cultivated Shiitake Mushrooms to be a Leader in Profitable Agroforestry Crops. By Steve Gabriel One long held assumption about many agroforestry practices is that while they promote positive land stewardship, the economics just aren’t there. Often farmers only adopt practices if there are financial incentives (NRCS programs, for example) or if the practices…

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How to Stay Safe on the Farm This Winter

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

By Marybeth Vargha The crops are in, the last harvest finished, and you’re heading into your hibernation phase, enjoying some relaxation with the guitar and hanging out more with the kids. But even in this slower season, farmers are injured and accidents happen. When you think about it, the cold creates many hazards to be aware…

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