SARE Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary

Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture This year, the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program celebrates its 25th anniversary.  The program aims to promote sustainable farming by funding research into different areas of sustainable farming such as cover cropping and rotational grazing, as well as operating competitive grant programs for farmers.  SARE was the first USDA program dedicated to sustainable farming... Read More

Good old-fashioned innovation in the Ithaca meat market

How do you increase farmers’ profits and consumers’ meat consumption without asking farmers or consumers to break the bank? The Meat Locker Project logo In Ithaca, NY, Matt LeRoux, an agriculture marketing specialist at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and Keri Bartlett of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, set out to find answers, and the Meat Locker Pilot Project is one of them. Two 10 foot by 14 foot lockers,... Read More

Two Financial Assistance Programs Available from The Carrot Project

The Carrot Project is  an organization that works to support small and mid-sized farmers and farm businesses by expanding financing access and helping farmers to build successful and financially sustainable businesses through financial education.  Here are a couple Carrot Project programs that could benefit you, so check them out! The Carrot Project Current Programs Summary Across the Northeast, The Carrot Project provides financing and business... Read More

Introducing Firefly Meadows of Fairfield, NE

Mike and Rita Brhel’s just over five acres might be small in size but it’s big in dreams. Firefly Meadows features a farm-fresh chicken and duck egg business, a pasture-based sheep operation, and a vegetable garden with spring, summer, and fall plantings. There are plans to add meat goats, pigeons, and an orchard. Both Mike and Rita grew up on farms – Mike on a diversified livestock and crop operation southwest of Lincoln, NE, and Rita on a... Read More