Farmers can learn about the benefits of solar energy systems from other farmers as well as industry and university experts April 21at a program organized by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. [Read more…]
PIKETON, Ohio – Specialty fruit or vegetable crop producers looking to gain a better understanding of how to use high tunnels to boost profits can apply for a new training opportunity April 28-30 from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The Ohio State University South Centers will host the three-day high tunnel training on basic and advanced high tunnel techniques, including production and usage, said Brad Bergefurd, an Ohio State University Extension horticulturist based at the centers in Piketon. [Read more…]
Families who operate successful farm businesses often hope that their children or other family members will be interested in continuing the farm. However, the process by which the transition occurs isn’t easy, and can be awkward and difficult.
Communication throughout the transition process is critical, and can prevent worry and extra expense. Many families avoid the planning process simply because they don’t know where to start.
Sisters Hill Farm uses innovative washing equipment and storage systems designed by head farmer David Hambleton. His height-adjustable farm equipment accommodates his 6 ft. 7 in. build. With a quick adjustment, the pallet jacks, root washers or wash tables can be set for ergonomically-correct use by all his apprentices, including those closer to 5 ft. tall. Hambleton described his efficient washroom equipment, layout and practices at the New England Vegetable & Fruit Growers Conference. [Read more…]
Thriving farmers markets have loyal customers and great vendors. The customers spend money, return regularly and bring friends. Successful vendors bring great products, friendly smiles and the right pricing, week after week.
During the Rhode Island Farmers Market Manager Conference held at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI, a brainstorming session revealed contribution to a successful market and what may be holding it back. [Read more…]
The “Young Nurseryman of the Year” award was presented to Melissa Minto of Watson Farm by the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association. Shannon Brawley, RINLA executive director said, “This prestigious award is given to promising young people in the agricultural and plant based industries.”
Jean Cotta, co-owner of Portsmouth Nursery in Portsmouth, RI, presented the Award to Melissa at the 2014 RINLA Winter Conference held at the University of Rhode Island.
Melissa was born and raised at historic Watson Farm in Jamestown where she spent her childhood immersed in farming, animal husbandry and exploring nature. Watson Farm is owned by Historic New England and provides sustainable agriculture education. Melissa has a spirited commitment to working landscapes and the beauty of nature. Her upbringing nurtured her passion for agricultural education and encouraged her to pursue a career in environmental stewardship. [Read more…]
When Gary Machado’s grandparents arrived in Auburn, CA, from the Azores Islands in 1923, they spent their life savings — $800 — on a 17-acre farm. The property was already planted in fruit trees, which continued to thrive under the care of several generations until fire blight devastated the pear trees in 1964.
Changes are in the works for western pear growers: in recommended rootstocks, in growing methods, in harvesting methods, and in marketing. “Several rootstocks have performed reasonably well under western U.S. growing conditions,” according to Rachel Elkins, pomology farm advisor for the University of Californi Cooperative Extension in Lake and Mendocino Counties. “OHxF87 is the most widely adopted of the ‘new’ rootstocks, which are more precocious and somewhat smaller, although they don’t necessarily maintain good fruit size as they age because the rootstocks are less vigorous.
Celebration was in order at the Midwestern Organic and Sustainable (MOSES) Farming Conference in February. The 25th anniversary of the conference brought remarkable growth. The 2014 convention attracted over 3,400 people from 43 states, including Alaska. Seven foreign countries, including four Canadian Provinces, were also represented. [Read more…]