The nursery at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is not your typical nursery. Sales to landscapers and home gardeners make up only a small portion of their business and they grow only native plants. [Read more…]
What started as a hobby 35 years ago has bloomed into a unique business for two self-proclaimed orchid nerds. Mark Srull and Joan Bateman opened Orchidaceae in Walla Walla, WA in 2003 after moving from Seattle, where they ran a smaller orchid greenhouse for five years focused mostly on rare collector species and hybrids. [Read more…]
by Deb Dalton, Information Specialist, NYCAMH
In recent months, there has been a lot of talk in the media about farmers and mental health.
Take a look at some recent offerings:
- A recent webinar aired online, titled: Communicating With Farmers Under Stress, hosted by The North Central Region – Rural Support Network Team.
- A piece from Radio Iowa, November 2017: “Expert says psychological stress on farmers often overlooked.”(www.radioiowa.com)
- A research publication: Suicide among agricultural, forestry, and fishery workers: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2018;44(1):3-15.
- A December 2017 article in Successful Farming: “Calming the Storm”; farmers and ranchers need to find a way to manage the stress in their lives before it takes a toll on their mental and physical health. (Prater, Lisa)
- “Rough Ride” / Salena Zito. New York Post Dec. 17, 2017
- A December 2017 article in The Guardian: “Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?”
Winter is often welcomed for its slower pace. For many farmers, it is a time of reflection, whether it’s thinking about retirement, purchasing land or contemplating future land use. Land trusts are helping farmers across the country with these tough decisions. [Read more…]
With corn at three dollars a bushel these days, it’s “thinking outside the box” that keeps the Worden Family Farm in business. The Worden’s have a small 6.2-acre vineyard on their property. They placed their vineyard in a location away from as many of their neighbors as possible to safeguard against potential chemical drift. Grapes have a high sensitivity to this chemical. [Read more…]
Plant diseases are caused by three categories of pathogens. Ranked in the order of prevalence, these disease-causing agents are: fungi, bacteria and viruses. [Read more…]
Customer Resource (or Relationship) Management (CRM) programs are becoming increasingly more sophisticated to provide a layered strategy for developing and sustaining customer loyalty. [Read more…]
It’s that time of again, reflection, resolutions, new starts and, sigh, word slides — sooo many word slides.
I see your heavy eyelids, blank looks, frequent trips to the bathroom and intensive texting with others. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The optimal time for picking fruit involves the convergences of ripeness, storage ability, market demand and the whims of Mother Nature. If any of these are ignored, rotten apples just might be the end result. [Read more…]
While working as an Extension Agent, people always asked me what crop(s) should they grow? When I would suggest some, they would ask, “Is there a market for it?” I would answer, “Yes, the market is what YOU make it”, meaning that you have to seek out your own markets for yourself. [Read more…]