Rodale Institute Farm Director Jeff Moyer talks about what is happening in our fields and yours. Donna asks: I searched the internet to find out about cattle and hay fields and your site popped up. We have inherited 27 acres … Continued
A guest blog post by Caroline Hampton, a first year farmer based in North Carolina By the middle of October, it’s really starting to feel like Fall. I am excited for cooler weather and the end of the season, and … Continued
By guest blogger Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador, OMRI Technical Director Twice a year, organic certifiers, materials enthusiasts, and various farmer, processor and consumer representatives meet with government agents and a volunteer advisory board to participate in the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) … Continued
By guest blogger Caroline Hampton For a farmer, the summer months mean war. Every vegetable that is grown, every bite that a consumer takes, has been fought for by a farmer. In July and August, I’ve had to battle against … Continued
Rodale Institute Compost Production Specialist Rick Carr talks about what is happening in our fields and yours. Tim asks: I have always wondered about the ComposTumbler’s claim that it produces finished compost in 14 days. I have exchanged some emails … Continued
by Caroline Hampton When I reflect on my first year as an independent farmer, I feel proud of what I have accomplished. Though I can certainly credit myself for working hard and dedicating much time to my operation, I feel … Continued
There is a quiet but swiftly moving current of “grain collaboration” happening throughout New England. Consumers are demanding local grains and even eagerly joining a unique heritage grain CSA, growers are working together to find the most suitable varieties and bakers are proudly displaying racks of bread made from wheat grown in nearby fields. From northern Maine to western Massachusetts, the movement is getting stronger as “our daily bread” becomes synonymous with “locally-grown-grain bread.”
Not using the right weed management tools at the right time can lead to a long season of trying to save crops buried knee deep in the weeds.
Organic farming is not just about making a higher profit. Sure, we have to make a living. And, sure, we live and die on the gritty details of compost and cover crops, tillers and no-till. But we are stewards of more than just our soil and our farm.
By Dr. Hubert Karreman Practitioners of the art of animal husbandry have the ability to understand the workings of a farm that a person steeped in science will never come close to understanding in its strict methodological manner. Whereas animal … Continued