March Update: Leanna Says Goodbye to Student Debt

This week, we learned that our Operations Manager, Leanna Mulvihill, was selected to receive student loan forgiveness by New York State. Leanna is starting her own livestock operation this year and will now be able to invest her savings in lambs and pigs instead of student loan payments. This is exactly the kind of impact that we’re working to achieve with #FarmingIsPublicService – to help young people manage their student debt while... Read More

Young Farmer Winter Supper – February 19th in New York City

Join us at the Young Farmer Winter Supper on February 19 for an evening of farm-fresh food, fellowship and startup stories, featuring short films by women dairy farmers, presented by Etsy, Stonyfield Farm and Wythe Hotel. Farm-to- Fork Feast prepared by Chef Mona Talbott of Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions and Chef Sean Rembold of Reynard and Marlowe & Sons. Startup stories and artisanal cheese tasting by Young Women Dairy Farmers: Sarah... Read More

New York’s Young Farmers Ask Governor Cuomo to Support Land Access Legislation

Governor Cuomo speaking on a farm in Middleburgh, NY in 2011. Photo: Office of Governor Cuomo Farmers, aspiring farmers, and organizations across New York State are rallying to urge Governor Cuomo to pass a bill that would improve land access for beginning farmers in the state. If passed, this bill could provide access to state-owned farmland for beginning farmers, bolster technical support to both beginning farmers and organizations that assist them... Read More

Bootstrap @ Chaseholm Farm – Reflections on My First Season

Last post! Before I had started farming I used to think about writing in a notebook or generally documenting my first steps so that I could see back and know what I had done and how to make it better. But once I started I was so busy and so worried I was forgetting something else that I definitely didn’t remember to properly document my path. I got lucky that Bootstrap stepped in to make me take notice, to help me summarize my experiments for better... Read More

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Sits down with NYFC and Hudson Valley Farmers

Deputy Secretary Harden meets with farmers at the NYFC roundtable in Clermont, NY. NYFC got the rare opportunity last week to sit down with the USDA’s new Deputy Secretary, Krysta Harden, in Clermont, NY, when she was in-state for the Young Farmers Conference at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture.  Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ Chaseholm Farm – Reflections on Policy

Hi All, it’s a rainy day in the Hudson Valley and the cows are inside, we made our rotation last until 10/27 in our first season. Not bad…but room for improvement. Today’s post is about policy issues and regulations and how they affect my farm. One of the clearest ways is in my ability to sell raw milk. I went through some hurdles this year but in NYS you can be licensed to sell raw milk directly from the farm as long as you continue to meet... Read More


By Ashlee Kleinhammer of North Country Creamery Speaking with a customer at the farmers market.   This year we took a multi-prong approach to marketing. I was striving toward an ideal that we would sell most of our products through a CSA. We managed to serve around a dozen members locally, and twenty-eight members through Juniper Hill Farms’ Farmigo share (a CSA service managed completely online). The local CSA operated like a pre-paid credit... Read More


By Sarah Lyons Chase of Chaseholm Farm This is post is coming at a good time for the farm, we were approved for raw milk sales last week and concrete was poured in our future tiny farm store. Getting into dairy farming from cheese making was like taking a step further behind the scenes, further away from farmers markets and retail pricing, more than that it was saying hello to commodity markets and forgetting about marketing…at least for a moment.... Read More

Notes from Plowbreak Farm in Hector, NY

Walking into the field in Hector, New York, I find two farmers cheerfully harvesting basil and hot peppers. Meet Aaron Munzer and Kara Cusolito, founders of Plowbreak Farm.  Plowbreak Farm began in 2012 when Aaron and Kara leased three acres of loamy soil in the agriculturally rich Finger Lakes region. Their farming philosophy is simple: they grow good food because they like doing it, and they want to bring good food to other people. 2013 is only... Read More


By Sarah Lyons Chase of Chaseholm Farm This is a big one. This is my first season ever and also my first season managing a rotationally grazed dairy herd. I think I have a lot to learn about how to maximize productivity of both grass and cow and it is fun to feel like I have also come a long way. I learned about grazing management first from Alan Savory and then from Jim Gerrish and more intimately with local farmers and their animals as well as... Read More

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