Category: Farming

Can We Survive the Green Revolution

What Is Agribusiness? In this article, we use the term “agribusiness” to refer to large-scale, industrialized, vertically integrated food production, as opposed to smaller farms owned by and supporting families or individuals and their communities. This type of agribusiness is often referred to as “industrial agriculture,” which the Union of Concerned Scientists defines as “the

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Why Support Organic Dairy

Brooke Chase of Chase’s Organic Dairy Farm in Mapleton, Maine – one of dozens of MOFGA-certified organic dairy farms. English photo By Jacki Martinez Perkins Some would say that owning a commercial organic dairy today is a losing proposition. For others it’s the only life they’ve known, and they would never think of changing. Dairy

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Organic Agriculture

By Larry Lack I’m an organic farm inspector currently living in a city (Portland, Oregon) where I also help to manage a thriving farmers’ market. I’ve lived in the country most of my adult life, have been a farm worker and have also farmed commercially on a small scale. Because I have one foot in

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Nutrients

By Eric Sideman, Ph.D. MOFGA’s Director of Technical Services Very little about farming is natural. In fact, farming is one of the early steps humans took in their drive to conquer nature. Hunting and gathering are the more natural methods that animals employ to procure food for their survival, while farming is a means of

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Why Organic Fertilizers

by Jean English Copyright 2008 Synthetic chemical fertilizers won’t kill you outright, unless you ingest some quantity directly, I suppose, or unless certain nitrogen fertilizers explode for one reason or another; all such reasons should be avoided. Still, synthetic fertilizers have their environmental, economic and even health-related costs, and those problems have been amplified as

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Bees

By John Koster Many people don’t know that they’ve ever seen Allendale, New Jersey, but the borough turns up all the time as a backdrop to movies and television shows because Allendale embodies an eastern suburb that’s tastefully affluent without being unduly ostentatious. “Morning Glory,” a Paramount Pictures feature film starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton,

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Moving Forward with Intention at Dickey Hill Farm

Noami Brautigam and James Gagne with their ‘Super Sugar Snap’ peas at Dickey Hill Farm in mid-June The Belfast Farmers’ Market was Dickey Hill’s main sales outlet this year. A small herd of rotationally grazed beef cattle diversifies income streams for Dickey Hill and helps cycle nutrients on the farm. Peas and carrots in a

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Paul and Sandy Arnold The Best Job on Earth

Paul and Sandy Arnold delivering the keynote speech at MOFGA’s 2018 Farmer to Farmer Conference. English photo   By Jean English Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, New York, call farming “the best job on earth,” and that was the theme of their keynote speech at MOFGA’s 2018 Farmer to Farmer Conference. Pleasant

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Farming for the Long Term and Having Income Into Retirement

Barbara and Jason Kafka described their conservative methods of earning and saving money for retirement at MOFGA’s 2018 Farmer to Farmer Conference. English photo   By Jean English Barbara and Jason Kafka of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman, Maine, and Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, New York, spoke at MOFGA’s 2018 Farmer to

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A Year on Nettie Fox Farm

Everett Ottinger and Molly Crouse of Nettie Fox Farm at the Common Ground Country Fair. English photo Cut flowers are among the varied crops grown at Nettie Fox Farm. Photo by Molly Crouse View of the fields, high tunnels and farmhouse in Crouse’s hometown of Newburgh. Photo by Nick Owings   By Sonja Heyck-Merlin In 2009, when

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