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Get more for your farm’s goods

2018-08-07T08:09:18+00:00August 7th, 2018|Grower|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Value-added items can boost the bottom line of your farm’s store or your booth at the farmers market. It’s never been a better time to make value-added items. Many more Americans have become discerning consumers about their food choices. They want to know their food’s source. (more…)

Labor issues challenge diverse lawn business

2018-06-29T10:37:37+00:00June 29th, 2018|Grower East|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

For Bill and Jennifer LaPlant, 24 hours in one day just doesn’t seem enough. While Bill operates LaPlant’s Lawn & Property Maintenance — mowing, trimming, snow plowing and maintaining more than 100 commercial and residential properties — Jennifer runs the couple’s garden center and greenhouse business in Lyons, NY, where they sell numerous varieties of plants, hanging baskets, bark mulch, gifts, local products and garden supplies. (more…)

Septuagenarian embraces green thumb

2018-02-02T11:48:15+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Grower East|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Age truly is a number for Patricia Rickard, 76, a Baldwinsville, NY resident whose contemporaries are mostly retired. She tried that once. She operated Korros, which taught performing arts to children with hearing impairment. But as her encore career, she founded PAR Horticulture Consulting Business. (more…)

Barcodes improve vegetable breeding process

2017-12-29T09:32:02+00:00December 29th, 2017|Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Barcodes can help vegetable plant breeders stay better organized and be more efficient. Michael Mazourek, the Calvin Knoyes Keeney associate professor of Plant Breeding for Cornell University, presented “Getting Started with Barcode-based Digital Data Collection for Vegetable Breeding”, a recent webinar hosted by eXtension, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and USDA. (more…)

Apple breeding adventures

2017-11-24T09:57:49+00:00November 24th, 2017|Grower East|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
GENEVA, NY — “Variety is the spice of life” as the saying goes, and it’s the key to profitability in the apple growing business — if you develop and grow the right varieties. Susan Brown, professor horticulture section at Cornell University, presented “Adventures in Apple Breeding and Genetics” recently at Cornell in Ithaca, NY and via videoconference at Cornell’s Geneva Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. (more…)

Landscaper emphasizes edibles

2017-09-01T12:54:46+00:00September 1st, 2017|Grower East|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Most people think of a landscaping nursery as a place to find the plants and people to achieve a picture-perfect lawn, providing they use the right sprays on their stretches of grass. Jim Sollecito, owner of Sollecito Landscaping Nursery in Syracuse, NY takes a different approach. (more…)