Whatever our problems may be we can look to the resolve of the Greene County, New York community who are pulling together to rebuild.
This article appears in today’s www.cnn.com headlines. It is worth reading…..
Remember to register for the NOFA-NY Winter Conference in Saratoga Springs which addresses the possibilities of building a Cooperative Economy.
November 20, 2011
Hardler Farm near Honesdale Pennsylvania
There were people there from both sides of the Delaware River. All of the 20 attendees at the co-sponosored Weston A. Price Foundation Delaware Chapter and Transition Honesdale meat processing event, left impressed with the ingenuity of dairy farmer Mike Hardler and his wife Tammy on how they diversified their dairy operation. The workshop/demo was initially focused on butchering whole animals and processing some of the cuts into value added products such as bacon and sausauge through brining and smoking.
Besides watching an artist at work at cutting meat. I was, personally, even more impressed with the way the Hardler farm handles the waste from their “small” (by industrial standards) slaughter house and meat processing operation. All of the waste and by products of slaughtering and processing, is dealt with on the farm through specialized composting techniques. The finished compost is returned to the soil, keeping the fertility high for Hardler’s grass fed, beef, dairy cows, goats and pigs to forage. “The next project”, said Mike Hardler is a “methane digestor/convertor to convert the gas emitted from the composting facilities into a usable energy resource to use onsite.” Tammy Hardler said when it came to operations and marketing “You’ve got to think out of the box.”
Besides selling meat and value-added products, (delicious sausages) at the farm and at the Honesdale Farmers Market, the Hardler farm has obtained a raw milk license for both cow and goat milk which is sold according to Pennsylvania State regulations. This farm is worth a visit for beginning farmers, or any agricultural education organization whose mission is to offer solutions to profitability and sustainability of Northeast farms.,,,,,, Or for anyone who wants to buy really delicious, grass-fed, meat.
For more information contact Tammy or Mike at the Hardler Farm
November 14, 2011
Apple Pond Farm, Callicoon Center New York
I went to bed inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of our region’s new farmer collaborative C.R.A.F.T. (Collaborative of Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) in the Catskills. A diverse group assembled for the last meeting of the season to wrap up their accomplishments of their first season and plan for next year. “Seasoned” farmers attended to offer ideas and support for future craft programs.
Steve Burnet left of Bovina, New York in Delaware County shares his plan of a micro-brewery using his farm grown hops and malt. Steve also produces local oils from sunflower and flax which he plans to market shortly. Trina Pilanero, of Silver Heights Farm in Cochecton Center, New York attended to offer her expertise in producing Certified Organic transplants in greenhouse production.
Want to start a local C.R.A.F.T. skill sharing collaborative?
In the Catskill Region contact
Sonia Janiszewski <firstname.lastname@example.org>