Building on success

2019-11-01T14:30:35-05:00November 1, 2019|Grower, Grower East|

by Sally Colby

Farm learning stations in one section of a barn provide basic facts about farming.

It’s the end of the season and the last guests have enjoyed autumn activities at Winterbrook Farms, but owners Brandon and Taylor Huffman are already planning for next year. (more…)

Hemp talk gathers big crowd

2019-10-04T09:35:49-05:00October 4, 2019|Grower East|

Larry Smart, professor, plant geneticist and breeder for Cornell, recently did a presentation on hemp.
Photo by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY – A standing-room only crowd gathered at Empire Farm Days to hear from Larry Smart, professor, plant geneticist and breeder for Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture Section. The size of the group demonstrated their interest in getting in on the ground floor of the growing and profitable hemp industry in New York. (more…)

Honey and yeast work together to make mead

2019-10-04T09:24:17-05:00October 4, 2019|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest|

Chris Gerling led a mead conference in Geneva, NY, recently.
Photo by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

GENEVA, NY – A lot can happen to honey as it’s transformed to mead. Chris Gerling, Extension associate and manager of the Vinification & Brewing Laboratory at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, and Kaylyn Kirkpatrick, an Extension associate at Cornell AgriTech, led a discussion on interactions between yeast and honey in making mead at an event led by Pilar McKay, agriculture economic development educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County. (more…)

Preparing for U-cut

2019-10-04T09:19:56-05:00October 4, 2019|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Driving lanes to the fields should be clear of obstructions and allow ample space for guests to exit and enter wagons safely.
Photo by Sally Colby

by Sally Colby

­Pumpkins, gourds and everything else autumn will be the order of the day until Thanksgiving. But as soon as mums and corn stalks fade, Christmas tree farms that offer U-cut trees will become the center of attention. (more…)