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May 18, 2014

Farm briefs: May 18, 2014

Essex Farm to host agricultural tour of facility

ESSEX — Mark and Kristin Kimball will lead a spring tour of their diversified farm in Essex on May 24 at 10 a.m. The tour will cover pastures, barnyards, vegetable fields and infrastructure including the farm’s 25 kw solar array. The suggested donation is $25 for adults and $5 for children. Following the tour, there will be a potluck lunch and an informal afternoon walk.

The 600-acre farm produces milk, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, vegetables, herbs, grains, flowers and small fruits, and utilizes draft horses for some of its field work. Founded 10 years ago, Essex Farm was the first of a growing number of full-diet membership farms that supply a majority of its members’ food needs, year-round. A total of 200 members come to the farm each Friday to pick up their food for the week. The farm is the subject of Kristin Kimball’s 2010 memoir, “The Dirty Life.” 

The tour will take place rain or shine. Guests should wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy footgear. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary at essexfarm@gmail.com. Additional details can be found on the events page at www.kristinkimball.com.

Seminar to focus on no-till winter rye

PLATTSBURGH — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are once again holding a summer series of farm meetings that will focus on lake-friendly farming practices and techniques.

The second Farming in the Basin meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the Norm Davis Farm, 82 Jersey Swamp Road, Beekmantown. In anticipation of a spring or summer forage seeding, the Clinton County Soil and Water’s No Till Drill was used to seed cereal rye as a winter cover and spring crop. Following harvest, the no-till drill will again be used to seed down the field without tillage.

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