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June 9, 2013

Farm briefs: June 9, 2013


The party is open to farmers from other regions as well. Last time, there were farmers from five states plus Canada in attendance. An RSVP required. Contact cara@thegreenhorns for a full schedule and confirmation.

The event is organized by The Greenhorns, a five-year-old grassroots organization for young farmers recently re-located to the Champlain Valley. Greenhorns produces multi-platform events, workshops, mixers, publications and new media for and about young farmers, including a new documentary (still in production) called “Our Land.” Greenhorns will be selling their 2013 New Farmers Almanac and presenting a travelling exhibit about the history of the grange. Also in attendance will be Erik Andrus of the Vermont Sail Freight Project along with a model of his sailboat.

The Vermont sail barge will transport hot sauce, salsa, jam and other shelf-stable products down the Hudson River in September for the boat’s maiden voyage. Andrus will make a presentation about the construction of his sailboat, about his own Vermont farm where he grows commercial organic rice and the vision for a fleet of distribution vessels owned by farmers up and down the Champlain Valley.

There will also be a spoken-word performance from Laura-Brown Lavoie, an urban farmer from Providence, R.I., and a performance by Pocatello, a rural punk band from the Hudson Valley. Participants will feast on produce and pork from local farms including Fledging Crow in Keeseville, Juniper Hill Farm in Wadhams and Smithereen Farm in Essex with rhubarb and strawberries on the menu if the weather cooperates.


Farms successfully growing winter cover crops

PLATTSBURGH — Farmers in Northern New York and a Cornell University research team are evaluating the value of planting winter cereal crops, such as triticale, wheat and cereal rye, as cover crops for spring harvest as a forage for dairy cows.

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