Category: Farming

Farm Blogs

By Polly Shyka When people think of a farmer’s tools, most conjure images of hoes, spades, seed packages and maybe tractors. They don’t readily associate computers with the farming profession, yet many farmers spend hours “at the desk” each week, speaking and e-mailing with customers, taking orders, researching, communicating with CSA members, bookkeeping. Some are

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Frost

Yes, a full moon can mean a greater chance of frost – and with good scientific reason. The heat from the sun reflected by the full moon evaporates moisture in the atmosphere that would otherwise trap heat radiating from the earth. Photo courtesy of NASA. By Eric Sideman, Ph.D. Those of us who raise strawberries

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Holistic Management

by Diane Schivera Allan Savory of the Savory Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, spoke about Holistic Management® during the keynote address at the 9th annual Vermont Grazing Conference. The book he wrote with his wife, Jody Butterfield, Holistic Management: A New Framework of Decision-Making (Island Press, 1999), explains the method he discovered while working in

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Tips

Pre-Sowing Carrot Seed on Toilet Paper Quenching Plants’ Thirst – Below Ground Farmers Need Incentives to Conserve Water Once-a-Day, CSA Cows? New England Field Representative Joins AFT Staff Less Natural Immunity in Cloned Pigs Meat Goat Market Grows and Improves Apples Protect Against Digestive Cancers Nutrition.gov – Information on Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Obesity Prevention  Pre-Sowing

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Tips Summer 2005

Mind Your Peas and Oats Reel Mowers Solar Water Pumps for Rotational Grazing Cash in on Metal Market Mint Oil Kills or Repels Ants DDT Resources Rye vs. Weeds Sow Oats to Weed and Mulch Strawberries Organic Castup is Better Read and Weed Organic Apple Info Bean and Buckwheat Intercrops Recycled Refrigerator Truck Cooler Stores

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Morrill Farm

Morrill Farm is a true family farm, with three generations working together. Here Holly and Dan Perron pose with their five children, left to right: Grace, Laura, Celine, Christian and Catherine. One enterprise on the farm is presenting “living history” events for groups, in which generations of Morrills who started the farm, and their lifestyle,

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Weeping Duck Farm

Ana and Roy Antaki sell their fermented foods, as well as crafts and soaps, at the Belfast and Camden Farmers’ Markets. English photo. Fermented Foods & Contented Fowl by Jean English Nine years ago, Ana and Roy Antaki of Weeping Duck Farm in Montville moved from conventional, corporate jobs in Kansas City to a 150-acre

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Tips Tidbits

Homemade lettuce seed mix. English photo. Custom Lettuce Seed Mix Managing Blight on Tomatoes Seeking Rare Ladybugs Controlling Fruit Flies in the Home The Recycled Garden Goats and Cattle Graze Together Mechanical Methods Reduce Weed Seedbank Rolling and Crimping Cover Crops Festulolium Rotation? Make Your Own Custom Lettuce Seed Mix If you have several packets

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Agri Tourism

by Jo Anne Bander For tourists and Maine urbanites alike, agri-tourism is a way to get back to the land, learn how food is grown and support local farms. Whether through a blueberry pick, Open Farm Day, Maine Maple Sunday or a farm B&B, Americans are actively seeking ways to get to the source of

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California Organic Agriculture

Organic crop advisor Amigo Bob Cantisano enlightened Farmer-to-Farmer participants with stories of the ‘Californication’ of organic production. He advised growers to stay under the radar and sell to local consumers as much as possible. A 35-Year Personal Retrospective In November 2007, MOFGA welcomed keynote speaker Amigo Bob Cantisano to the Farmer-to-Farmer Conference. As a farmer,

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