As veterans come home to New York from military service, many are considering careers in agriculture.
We've heard many stories about young vets returning from service, unable to find jobs, having difficulties re-adjusting to civilian life. Yet, there are many opportunities available: among them, programs accentuating farming in its various forms. Cornell University has developed a Small Farms Program to support returning veterans.
A federally proposed water rule has New York farmers and others around the nation up in arms. They see it as an attempt to regulate virtually all water, and warn if implemented, the measure will raise the phrase "red tape" to a whole new level.
Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. They are the “go to” network linking farmers and the Berkshire community; through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food.
This year’s Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner will take place on March 24 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA. Area chefs will celebrate the first harvest of the season with a five-course dinner created using maple products from regional maple producers.
Here to tell us more about Barbara Zheutlin, the Executive Director of Berkshire Grown and Melissa Leab from Ioka Valley Farm.
In Kendra Smith-Howard’s new book, Pure and Modern Milk, she tells the history of a nearly universal consumer product, and sheds light on America's food industry. Today, she notes, milk reaches supermarkets in an entirely different state than it had at its creation.
She examines the cultural, political, and social context, discussing the attempts to reform the production and distribution of this once-perilous product in the Progressive Era, the history of butter between the world wars, dairy waste at mid-century, and the postwar landscape of mass production.
Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill last week and President Obama is expected to sign it into law on Friday. While farmers in the region say they did not get all they wanted in the bill, what passed is acceptable.