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When my son was little, we’d take a walk to look for signs of spring in late March or early April, with a basket to put treasures we found: bits of newly exposed moss, or a dropped bird feather, or a bit of green pushing through the softening...
Our friends could no longer care for their pair of llamas–Dolly and Daisy–so, of course, we adopted them. Lambing season began in early January, a month or so after the llamas arrived. Now, the llamas–dignified and a tad...
News stories tagged with "farm"
Sep 08, 2008 — The North Country has a big presence in horse-racing, from a top thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide. Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region. This week, we'll wrap up the summer by telling some of their stories. For many fans in the North Country, the sport of choice has always been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Malone to Westport. But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. As Brian Mann reports, new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy. Go to full article
Aug 19, 2008 — Health experts say American children face a growing epidemic of obesity. By some measures, one out of every four kids in New York state is seriously overweight, triggering secondary diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Yesterday, healthcare experts and activists gathered for a summit in Lake Placid to talk about solutions. But as Brian Mann reports, raising healthier kids may mean making changes beyond the dinner table. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Jul 29, 2008 — A Cornell Cooperative Extension program for beginning framers is expanding on to the web. A new website guides new farmers, and farmers changing crops or marketing strategy, step by step through starting a farm business: from setting goals and writing a business plan, to evaluating land, to taxes and permits. There's a frequently asked questions section, worksheets to download, and an ongoing forum. The website is the latest offering from the New York Beginning farmers Resource center. The center is based at Cornell, but its roots are in the North Country. Mollie Ames, a farm business educator at the Jefferson County extension office, told Martha Foley the program goes back a few years...and it's working. Go to full article
Jul 04, 2008 — A state Supreme Court judge issued a split decision this week in the high-profile court fight between an Essex County farmer and the Adirondack Park Agency. In a preliminary ruling, acting state Supreme Court Judge Richard Meyer denied the APA's request that key provisions of the lawsuit be dismissed. But Judge Meyer also rejected key claims made by Lewis Family Farms. Brian Mann has
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Jun 06, 2008 — One of the North Country's most influential and controversial farmers is locked in a court battle with the Adirondack Park Agency and New York's Attorney General. State officials say Sandy Lewis needed APA permits to build three new houses for workers on his farm in Essex County. Lewis defied their order and this spring the APA fined him $50,000. Lewis filed a counter-suit. He accuses the APA of intimidation, regulatory bullying, and hostility to farmers. The case goes to trial June 19th. As Brian Mann reports, the complex and bitter fight could establish new legal precedents for agriculture in the Adirondack Park. Go to full article
Jan 30, 2008 — Today we continue our occasional series on growing, cooking, and eating locally, Local Flavor, with some good news. A recent study of North Country agriculture finds the industry strong. Cornell University researcher Duncan Hilchey says farm income is up, foreclosures are down, and the dairy industry is stabilizing. The region still loses about 50 farms a year, but the composition of the farms that remain is changing. Fruit and vegetable farms are up 6%. Lamb and sheep producers are up 18% and orchards are up 13%. Hilchey is a senior extension associate for Cornell's Community and Rural Development Institute. He told David Sommerstein that North Country farms are diversifying to survive. Go to full article
Nov 22, 2007 — Thanksgiving is a harvest holiday and this season more farmers' markets around the North Country are staying open into the early winter. Brian Mann was out shopping for his family's dinner and sent this audio postcard from the market in Lake Placid. He spoke with Beth Spaugh a vegetable farmer from Peru, and Sam Hendren, who makes cheeses in Port Kent. Lake Placid's farmers' market is located at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and stays open until mid-December. Go to full article
Sep 06, 2007 — The north end of Lake Champlain sits on the Atlantic Flyway, a crucial travel corridor for millions of migratory birds heading south for the winter. It's also home to Vermont's largest great blue heron rookery. But Missisquoi Bay is also one of the most polluted bodies of water in the North Country. Every year, tons of phosphorous-rich manure from nearby dairy farms seeps down into the lake. In recent years, that pollution has triggered gooey algae blooms. Critics say farmers and government regulators need to do far more to cut phosphorous pollution. Industry leaders are pushing back. As Brian Mann reports, many farmers insist that voluntary programs and self-regulation are still the best solution. Go to full article
Jul 23, 2007 — Some family farm advocates are asking Congress to change the way dairy farmers receive government subsidies. Some North Country farmers say it could mean the difference between staying in business or selling their cattle and land. Jonathan Brown reports Go to full article