January 27, 2013

Farm briefs: Jan. 27, 2013


Farrell laid the groundwork for this new NNYADP-funded research by working with Parker Family Maple Farm in 2011.

“We tried eight different combinations of spouts and droplines at Parker Family Maple Farm. The total amount of sap flow was measured every time a load of sap was collected and transferred to the sugarhouse. The results in the first year indicated the opportunity for sap gain,” Farrell said.

The work at Parker Family Maple Farm continued in 2012 and Farrell developed a protocol for determining the best spout-dropline combinations in other sugarbushes that will be applied at the sugaring operations that participate in the 2013 research trials.

Producers interested in participating may contact Farrell at 523-9337,, by Feb. 1.

Whallonsburg Grange announces lecture series

WHALLONSBURG — On Tuesday, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will open its winter Lyceum series on Land and Labor: The Past, Present and Future of Farming in America.

The weekly series, held on Tuesday nights at 7:30 through March 19, is presenting speakers from around the region who will lecture on how the fertile land of the Champlain Valley developed, the history of agricultural production in North America, the challenging economics of farming, its impact on culture, and the lives of farm families.

The schedule of the lectures follows:

Jan. 29: Creating the Land: Deglaciation of the Champlain Lowlands and northeastern Adirondacks, with David Franzi, professor of Earth and Environmental Science, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Feb. 5 through Feb. 26: Four-part series on the History of Agriculture in North America with Andy Buchanan, lecturer in global history at the University of Vermont. These four lectures will trace farming on the continent from Native American cultivation through the agricultural roots of the Civil War, to the settlement of the west and the Great Depression, up to the development of modern agriculture and agribusiness.

March 5: The Future of Food: A Discussion with Local Farmers will present a panel of farmers from the area talking about the important issues they face and that are of concern to all consumers.

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