Berkshire Grown will host its first Winter Farmers’ Markets on January 17 and February 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, MA. These events are an extension of the organization’s Holiday Farmers’ Markets, which enjoyed record attendance this past November and December. These popular events feature locally grown and produced foods, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children, during months when most farmers’ markets are not open in the region.
Here to tell us more is Suzy Konecky who manages the creamery at Cricket Creek Farm – her job includes cheese production, inventory, marketing and sales.
This year’s Saratoga PLAN Feast of the Fields benefit will take place Thursday, September 11, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at Saratoga National Golf Club.
Continuing its nine-year tradition, Feast of the Fields pairs area restaurants and farms, in an effort to promote sustainable agriculture, support the regional economy, and provide greater awareness of conserving area farms and the importance of buying and eating locally raised food. The evening will also include musical entertainment, a silent auction and a reception honoring local residents who have contributed significantly to the Saratoga region's quality of life through conservation.
With both the Dutchess County Fair and the New York State Fair preparing to open their doors, many young people are gearing up for the rides, games, and food. But some have much more to do. The young members of the organization 4-H are busy preparing their animals and projects for presentation across the country. For people involved in 4-H activities, the organization is an important part of the community.
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.