What it takes to farm and market cooperatively

2021-03-31T15:01:33-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower East|

Mohamed Abukar, Jabril Abdi, Seynab Ali and Batula Ismail are Somali refugees who created a farming co-op in Maine. Photo courtesy of the Cooperative Development Institute

by Catie Joyce-Bulay

In many ways, New Roots Cooperative Farm in Lewiston is like most small farms in Maine. Its CSA makes up the largest part of farm revenue, (more…)

Filling a blank slate

2021-03-31T14:54:11-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower East|

Andrew Rodgers uses a small tractor to help when it’s time to harvest his carrots. Photo courtesy of Clark Farm

by Sally Colby

Sometimes timing is everything. Andrew Rodgers had been successfully managing an organic farm, but that farm was slated for development. (more…)

Grant to help blueberry growers monitor weather and diseases

2021-03-31T14:43:30-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower East|

Research assistant Caleb Slemmons helps to set up one of a network of weather stations used to monitor conditions to help blueberry growers across Maine. Photo courtesy of University of Maine

by Enrico Villamaino

The University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology was recently endowed with a grant from the USDA to enable pomologists to research (more…)

Tarping for weed management

2021-03-31T14:37:00-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sally Colby

Organic farmers will say that weed management is one of their biggest challenges. A variety of weed management methods are acceptable for organic certification – some more effective than others. Many organic farmers use cover crops to add organic matter and keep weeds down, and if managed properly, cover crops can eliminate the need for tillage. (more…)

Branding means telling your story

2021-03-31T14:29:33-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Branding may sound like a difficult job for savvy social media whizzes. But Dahlia Dill, owner of Chandler Pond Farm in Wheelock, VT, believes that any farmer can develop effective branding with just a few ideas. She presented “Social Media Tips & Tricks” as part of the New England Women in Livestock Virtual Winter Conference recently. (more…)

Profiting on the health of hemp-based foods

2021-03-31T14:33:02-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Chad Rosen, founder and CEO of Victory Hemp Foods, sees opportunity for growers of hemp to sell their crop to food producers in the near future. Photo courtesy of Access Ventures

by Enrico Villamaino

“Hemp Seed Ingredients & What You Need to Know About the Hemp-Based Food Market” was led by Chad Rosen, interacted with participants (more…)

Imagining fewer irrigation issues with imaging

2021-03-31T14:24:10-05:00March 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Anyone who uses irrigation knows there are myriad ways an irrigation system can have issues – clogs, leaks, pressure issues and more. But what are the real costs of irrigation problems on yield, efficiency, quality and your bottom line? That’s what John Bourne, vice president of Ceres Imaging, addressed with his “Low Hanging Fruit: The Surprisingly Huge Impact of Acute Irrigation Issues” (more…)