Posts Tagged ‘Local Farms’

Monday, May 9, 2016

Southern Franklin County Cuisine Trail Sought

franklin countyA proposal to create a state-designated cuisine trail following a transportation loop that includes two scenic byways connecting  Saranac Lake, Paul Smiths and Tupper Lake, is moving forward.

More than 30 businesses and organizations have expressed interest. The next step is to gain letters of support from those interested in participating or supporting the initiative.

A public information meeting is scheduled for 6 pm Wednesday, May 11, at Paul Smith’s College in the Pine Room, located in the Joan Weill Student Center. An RSVP is requested by Tuesday, May 10. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Grange Benefit For Reber Rock Farm Celebrates Bob Dylan

The-GrangeOn Saturday, April 16, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will host a dinner and concert, with all proceeds going towards the reconstruction of the barn at Reber Rock Farm. The farm, located in the Reber Valley just outside of Essex, lost its new barn in a fire on February 27. Along with the building, Reber Rock lost calves, laying hens, tools, equipment, hay, and grain.

The benefit will begin with a farm-fresh dinner, serving from 5-6:30 pm, $10 for adults and $5 for those under 12. A full evening of music celebrating the 75th birthday of Bob Dylan follows at 7 pm, with The Wannabes, Alice’s Fault, and Ploughman’s Lunch. Donations will be accepted for the concert, pay what you will. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Study Considers Combining Livestock And Forestry

A longhorn steer in a forest near Schroon Lake (photo by John Warren).A Paul Smith’s College professor and his student landed a new peer-reviewed journal article in the international scientific journal Agroforestry Systems.

Joseph Orefice, professor of forestry, and Leanne Ketner, a senior majoring in integrative studies at Paul Smith’s, investigated the use of silvopasture on farms in the Northeastern United States. The practice, which had never been documented in the region before, integrates livestock and trees within the same pasture, providing shelter and forage for the livestock while maximizing the use of the trees as productive and healthy crops. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Maple Weekend At Parker Family Maple Farm

ParkerMapleWagonRideThis weekend New York State maple producers are opening their doors again for visits, tastings and pancake breakfasts. This celebration of spring can be found throughout the state with many producers offering a wide range of activities as well as samplings of their tasty maple products.

According to owner Pat Parker there are five generations of her family involved in her maple business. With almost 50,000 taps on 1,000 acres, the Parker Family Maple Farm in West Chazy proudly makes their local maple syrup while creating a year-round business. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Farm Talks: Organic Farming, Woodlot Management

Fosdick Chestertown Organic FarmThe next two Farm Talk presentations – on organic vegetable farming and woodlot management – will be taking place on March 11, 2016.

Rand Fosdick, Farm Manager for Landon Hill Estate Farm, will present “Starting A Small Certified Organic Farm.” Fosdick will be followed by John O’Donnell, Certified Forester for Benchmark Forest & Land Management, who will present “Woodlot Management: It’s In Your Roots”. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Forest Product Biochar Enriches Soils, Improves Productivity

enriching soils with biocharAt this time of year, many a gardener’s daydreams turn to the springtime promise of sprouting plants. Seed catalogs start arriving in the mail months before the soil will be thawed and drained enough for planting, and we use this downtime to plan for the coming season.

At Green Fire Farm in Peacham, Vermont, Michael Low is also planning, not only for this year’s crops, but for biochar to help those crops grow. He harvests about 50 cords of low-grade wood each year on his 67-acre homestead, and turns the wood into his own version of black gold. Biochar is charcoal used for agricultural purposes. Its advocates laud its potential to retain soil nutrients, sustain moisture levels in both drought and heavy rain conditions, and sequester carbon in the ground. For evidence of biochar’s usefulness, they point to the terra preta of the Amazon region, where biochar-enriched soils have maintained high fertility for thousands of years. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Adirondack Grazers Co-op Meeting Feb 23

ADK Grazers co-opAdirondack Grazers Cooperative is inviting local grass-fed beef producers to a meeting in Essex County to learn more about the co-op.

The Grazers Cooperative is seeking producers of local 100% grass-fed beef. This is a free and open event for farmers who are currently rotationally grazing their herd and those exploring the idea.

Topics to be covered include: What does it mean to work with Adirondack Grazers Cooperative? What is a Values Based Supply
Chain? What value does the Cooperative offer a local beef producer? » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Farming In The Adirondacks Talk February 7th

cabin fever sundaysThe Adirondack Museum’s Cabin Fever Sundays winter lecture continues with “Farming in the Adirondacks,” the second installment of the series, featuring Steve Kramer, Hallie Bond, Rhonda Brunner, and Steven Tucker.

Homesteading and farming were traditional life-ways in the Adirondacks in the nineteenth century and continue today and this event will consider historical and contemporary farming in the region.  The event will begin at 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 7, 2016 in the Museum Auditorium.

Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served, and the Adirondack Museum Store and Visitor Center will be open before and after the program. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Warrensburg Farm Talks Planned

Invasive Purple Loosestrife photo by Nick RowellWarren County Soil & Water will hold its first “Farm Talk”of 2016 no January 29th in Warrensburg. The series of programs, now in its third year, is designed for small farmers, hobbyists and agricultural producers. This year’s presentations will begin with a talk by Marybeth Mitcham of Cornell Cooperative Extension entitled “Invasive Species: Why Should I Care?” followed by “Small Pond Management: Plants, Fish & Algae” with Bob Bombard of Warren County Soil & Water.

Invasive species are one of the most discussed topics in our region, mainly due to our strong economic ties to local water resources. Whether the invasive species are aquatic or terrestrial, plant or animal, they can play a significant major part in the health of our natural resources and have the potential to negatively affect our economy. Agriculture and recreation are already strongly affected by invasive species that are costly to manage. Our ability to recognize and manage invasives early is critical to eradication prior to a costly infestation. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Grants Available For New Adirondack Farms

Adirondack Farm Produce - Photo by Shannon HoulihanNew York State has allocated $1 million in the 2015-2016 state budget for the second round of the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund.

Its purpose is to provide grants to support beginning farmers who have chosen farming as a career and who materially and substantially participate in the production of an agricultural product on their farm. » Continue Reading.


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