EssexCountySummer

Essex County Summer

Agricultural opportunities abound in Essex County, New York. Many farms are thriving and working hard in the heart and heat of the summer. From sleepy cows in the fields to horse drawn hay makers to building projects, farmers are busy…
soil-testing

Soil Testing

In several of the classes and workshops I’ve attended, many of the guest speakers have stressed the importance of soil testing. After reclaiming several of the pastures that were overrun with brush and weeds, I can see that now we…
hay school

Hay School

“Make hay while the sun shines” is a popular phrase we all know and strive for and at this year’s Hay School, it was a topic covered from almost every angle. There were several dates hosted across the North Country…
window-of-opportunity

Window of Opportunity

My seasonal position at the Cornell Research Farm is now on it’s Winter break. Working there for the Summer was good and I’ll miss working with the guys there. The job will be available next May and I’m more than…
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A Sense of Place in the Valley

It’s good to know where you’ve come from and it’s also good to know where you’re headed. Or as Wendell Berry puts it: “If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.” Recently we took a…
making-hay

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

While that may have been the prize puzzle phrase on last night’s Wheel of Fortune, it is also what we’ve been up to at work recently at the Cornell Research Farm in Willsboro. You see, a rare thing happened last week.…