Apply for funds to increase the cooling capacity on your farm or to/from market. Deadline is June 14, 2013. CONTINUE READING
Working Farms News
Check out these funding opportunities for refrigeration, crop production, and specialty crops. Due dates range from June 14 – July 10, 2013. CONTINUE READING
Nominate someone with outstanding vision and accomplishment for increasing the availability, quantity, quality, or distribution of local foods reaching local mouths. Make your nomination online at The Columbia Fair (click on the Victoria A. Simons Award on the left). Paper nominations can also be submitted
c/o HRBT Foundation
PO Box 1189
Hudson, NY 12534
Nominations and self-nominations are accepted from now until the July 31 deadline.
Three Head Start groups recently visited Spruce Ridge Farm on a CLC sponsored field trip. The 3 and 4 year olds fed alpacas. Plus, they saw cows, guinea hens, chickens, and pigs. They learned all about how alpaca fiber (fur) is made into yarn and used to make sweaters, hats, mittens, and scarves. Thanks to Spruce Ridge Farm owners, Jeff and Steve, for being such wonderful hosts! CONTINUE READING
Regional IPM and NOFA-NY have grand programs with upcoming deadlines.
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Scenic Hudson, Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC), Dutchess County officials, Town of Red Hook officials, other local leaders, and farmers announced that federal Farm Bill funding has enabled Scenic Hudson and its partners to complete the purchase of conservation easements on seven working family farms in Dutchess and Columbia counties. The farms are vitally important to the region because they contribute to the production of local, healthy food and add to local economies with strong agricultural business sectors. CONTINUE READING