Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tour de Farm 2012

Tour de Farm 2012.

Get ready to sign up for this unique way of touring the Upper Hudson Valley’s  most beautiful farmland!

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Edgewick Farm Cornwall New York Debuts Goat Dairy Dedication March 21, 2012

Edgwick Farm makes farmstead goat milk cheese.

Edgwick Farm, a small family-owned and operated farm in Cornwall, NY that makes farmstead goat milk cheese, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 348 Angola Road in Cornwall on March 21, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. to celebrate the opening of their recently constructed microdairy and creamery.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine, representing Governor Cuomo, and other dignitaries will join in the dedication of the farmstead cheese-making facility — the first of its kind in Orange County.

Edgwick Farm collaborated with the town, county, and state officials to develop their site plan, which was approved unanimously by the Cornwall Town Planning Board in December 2010 with a statement of strong support for local agriculture.

We can expect more micro-creameries and production of value-added products of both goat and cow milk as dairy farmers throughout the State push back against a broken milk marketing system.

Last month the  U.S. Department of Agriculture  awarded a $120,000 grant to Edgwick Farm.  The grant, the largest of five given to farms in the Hudson Valley and Catskill area, is part of a nationwide program called Value-Added Producer Grants that are designed to stimulate business growth and provide more locally-grown food.

The grant, the largest of five given to farms in the Hudson Valley and Catskill area, is part of a nationwide program called Value-Added Producer Grants that are designed to stimulate business growth and provide more locally-grown food.

Visit Edgwick Farm’s blog to see what interesting stuff these ambitious  farmers are doing!

http://edgwickfarm.wordpress.com/

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OCCUPY YOUR LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY PLANT ORGANIC SEEDS OF ACTIVISM

Cleaning and saving seeds High Mowing Seeds Vermont

Its time to start seeds in the Northeast. I like to start my onion seeds about now and seeking out hierloom, organic, open-pollinated seed sources  insures the safety of the food I am growing . It gives me pleasure to know I am choosing varieties of seeds grown and selected for their genetic diversity, flavor and vigor by “real” people, not corporations  far,  far away.

NO GMO’S HERE!

There are many excellent seed sources throughout the USA, but this year I tried to keep my seed suppliers as local as possible. I love doing business with Turtle Tree Seed Company in Copake Lake, New York. Here, at this outstanding Bio-Dynamic farm the seeds are processed, packaged and shipped by the residents of the Camphill Community who operate a model farm in the Hudson/Berkshire region of Columbia County New York. The service and shipping from Turtle Tree is fast and impeccable!

http://www.turtletreeseed.org/

Another favorite is the Hudson Valley Seed Library even closer to home with their artful seeds packets which make terrific gifts for your favorite gardeners as well as producing beautiful vegetables, herbs and flowers. Hudson Valley Seed Library seeds are available at

http://www.seedlibrary.org/

or at

The Main Street Farm store in Livingston Manor, NY http://mainstreetfarm.com/

Across the border in Vermont is another excellent organic seed supplier High Mowing Seeds

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/

High Mowing also offers NOFA-NY members a discount on their first order of the season. Or if you live near Youngsville, New York in Sullivan County, High Mowing Seeds are available at The Cutting Garden http://www.thecuttinggarden.org/

OKAY, SO YOU SAY YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME OR SPACE TO START YOUR OWN PLANTS?

YOU WILL WANT TO VISIT TRINA PILONERO OF SILVER HEIGHTS FARM IN COCHECTON NEW YORK WHO GROWS THOUSANDS OF HIERLOOM CERTIFIED ORGANIC TRANSPLANTS FOR YOU TO “POP-IN” TO YOUR PREPARED BEDS. SILVER HEIGHTS FARM MAY ALSO BE FOUND AT NEW YORK CITY GREENMARKETS AT UNION SQUARE AS WELL AS SEVERAL LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS.

http://www.silverheightsfarm.com/

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