DOVER – Delaware’s community farmers’ markets set a new sales record in 2013, with shoppers buying more than $2.1 million in fresh produce and other goods, the Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.
WORCESTER – On January 11th, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) will hold its 27th annual Winter Conference at Worcester State University (WSU). Mark Shepard, Restoration Agriculture author, offers this year’s keynote and all-day seminar.
The bane of phytophthora root rot is familiar to Fraser fir growers.
It’s familiar to producers of non-Christmas tree woody ornamental trees and shrubs, as the soil-borne water mold can affect a variety plants including azalea, dogwood, rhododendron, and boxwood.
LOVINGSTON, VA — Everyone in the commercial apple market has had to contend with the rise of China. Drumheller’s Orchard has responded the way many other small growers have — by retrenching and repositioning.
For decades, Drumheller’s was one of many small Virginia producers that grew and packed apples for the commercial market. They grew mainly just a handful of varieties — Red and Golden Delicious, Rome, Stayman, Winesap. At peak, they were growing 125 acres of apples. [Read more…]
The long driveway leading up to Bug Hill Farm’s Farm Store, attached to the edge of the main farmhouse in Ashfield, MA is lined with huge black-eyed Susans, delphiniums, echinacea, indigenous flowers and greenhouses. At the end of the driveway is a row of cars owned by people who have come to pick raspberries, blackberries, and currants as well as purchase specialty drinks created by farm owner Kate Kerivan, such as the concentrated Rhubarb Rush made with organically grown rhubarb, honey and ginger, or Black Currant Cordial made with honey. No water is added to either drink that doubles as a dessert syrup.
Phil Van Soelen and Sherrie Althouse spent a portion of the late 1970s working at a nonprofit native plant restoration and environmental education organization, growing native plant species. Their work there prepared them for what they do today, owning and operating California Flora Nursery, a native plant business located just north of Santa Rosa, CA in the town of Fulton.
When Michael and Nichole McHugh began searching for side business opportunities to supplement their teaching jobs, they both wanted to get into the growing business. They had worked for greenhouse companies in the past and knew that they would enjoy being part of the industry. But they only wanted to proceed if they could start a company without having to manage a staff.
Fairview Farm, near Plainview, MN, may have the short growing season typical of the Upper Midwest, but the farm has a year-round marketing season. In winter, two generations of the Timm family market their own home-grown vegetables at the Rochester, MN and Winona, MN indoor Winter Markets, and sell in quantity to school districts, co-ops, and restaurants, all of whom are eager to “buy local.” [Read more…]
With winter upon us, it’s time to plan for the upcoming year. If you’re so inclined (and aren’t already doing so already) consider using the colder months to extend your growing and harvesting season — even aim for year-round production.
With the winter show season in full gear, it’s worth reviewing the advantages of attending trade shows as well provide tips to get the most out of your experience, whether as an exhibitor or attendee. [Read more…]