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…)

An apple every day

2019-10-04T08:53:13-05:00October 4, 2019|Grower East|

(L – R) Ivan Gordon, Silas Gordon and Ronald Dixon are the brains and the brawn behind North Country Hard Cider.

by Sally Colby

Silas and Ivan Gordon were raised in a rural area of central Maine and grew up foraging for wild fruit, including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and apples. Silas fondly recalls having an apple every day. (more…)

Black currant heaven: Bug Hill Farm

2019-10-04T08:46:03-05:00October 4, 2019|Grower East|

Sam Perkins with some of the Aronia berries grown at Bug Hill Farm in Ashfield.
Photos by Laura Rodley

by Laura Rodley

When people come to Bug Hill Farm, a 42-acre farm in Ashfield, MA, for certified organic berry picking, they are encouraged to make an afternoon of it, to bring a picnic lunch and stroll on trails through giant native blueberry bushes to a large pond. (more…)

Creating effective and eye-catching signage

2019-10-04T08:35:12-05:00October 4, 2019|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

This sign features many elements that make it effective: It is the shape of the product being offered, it’s large, it’s easily readable, it has highly contrasting colors – and the arrow even helps to direct customers in the right direction.

by Courtney Llewellyn

Some shoppers go out with a very specific idea of what they wish to purchase. Others let themselves fall victim to their impulsive whims. How does a greenhouse or farm stand draw in both of these types? Let the customers know exactly what you have before they drive past with your signage. (more…)

Creating a customer experience

2019-09-03T12:52:05-05:00September 3, 2019|Grower East|

by Sally Colby

John Roba had a dream: to own a Christmas tree farm. That dream came true in 1984 when he and his wife Sue purchased a former dairy farm in Lackawanna County, PA. They started planting Christmas trees and opened for cut-your-own tree in 1990. But they didn’t stop with Christmas trees. (more…)