WATCH: Small Farmers Share Their Experience
We found these great videos at NYBeginningFarmerns.org of small farmers starting out in just about every area of agriculture there is. Some raise animals for meat; some, cows for milk, cheese, and yogurt; some have hundreds of chickens for year-round egg production. There’s at least one flower farmer, and one vintner. And these are all in the first video. (There are 12.)
If you’re thinking about starting your own small farm and want to hear about some of the challenges and rewards, or even if you’re just interested in seeing what non-industrial agriculture looks like, I highly recommend checking these out.
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If you’re at all in tune to the agricultural news of late, you’re well aware that soil health is in decline all over the world – an issue that is having a disastrous impact on our food systems. The answer to this international problem? Worms. And lots of them. But how, you ask? Well, vermicomposting,…Read More
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Making cheese at home may seem like a time and labor-intensive process, but what if you could make a delicious, high-quality cheese that practically makes itself? According to David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, you can. The following recipe for all-natural chèvre will change the way you look at homemade cheese! Related…Read More
Here in the Northeast, October signifies the true start of fall. The days are shorter, the nights and mornings are colder, the leaves are a-changin’, and the first frost is inevitably upon us. But that doesn’t mean our gardening work is done quite yet. There’s still plenty of time to wrap up the season, prepare…Read More