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AJP/NOFA Field Day at Soul Fire Farm

AJP/NOFA Field Day at Soul Fire Farm

“If I’m not attending to the unhealthy in my relations, I’m contributing to the unhealth of the soil.” - Damaris Miller

 

“Building your Farm Team to Build Healthier Soil,” the field day at Soul Fire Farm, focused on communication strategies on the farm, building healthy soil, and the mutual support between the two. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY), Soul Fire Farm and the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) teamed up to conduct this well-attended and successful field day on October 21 at the farm in Grafton, New York. 

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Farmer Profile: Bill MacKentley

Farmer Profile: Bill MacKentley

Bill MacKentley – Hardy Fruit and Nut Tree Farmer

Liz Henderson interviewed Bill for this newsletter.

In introducing Bill as the 2019 NOFA Person of the Year, Steve Gilman called him “a Giant from the North Country, a veritable Druid in our midst, far from invisible but dwelling on the Far Out side of the spectrum.…This person’s knowledge of the intricacies of organic hands-on growing -- coupled with unstoppable energy, brilliant intellectual pursuit and deep experiential know-how leads him (and us) in many directions. And he’s a gracious and infectious sharer of that knowledge. As a longtime NOFA summer and winter conference presenter, attendees know his workshops are not to be missed.”

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Uh Oh, Watch Out For This One!

Uh Oh, Watch Out For This One!

By Lee Reich (reposted with permission from www.leereich.com/blog)

Over many years of gardening at the same location, I’ve seen pests come and go. And if they didn’t actually leave, they at least didn’t live up to the most feared expectations. A few years ago, for instance, late blight disease ravaged tomato plants up and down the east coast. The disease overwinters in the South and normally hitchhikes up north if temperatures are cool, humidity is high, and winds blow in just the right direction. That year it got a free ride here on plants sold in “big box” stores. I no longer consider late blight any more of a problem than it was before that high alert summer.

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Free Health Screenings through NYCAMH at NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Free Health Screenings through NYCAMH at NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Editor’s note: this blog is a guest post written by Pauline Boyer at New York Center for Agriculture Medicine and Health, one of the organizations participating in NOFA-NY’s 2019 Winter Conference.

Farmers are a very busy group of people, and too often they put their own health on the back burner. New York Center for Agriculture Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) and Healthworks would like to remind us all to keep our health and safety at the front of our minds, no matter how hectic life can get.  

NYCAMH’s mission is to enhance agricultural and rural health by preventing and treating occupational injury and illness. NYCAMH promotes safe and healthy farming through workshops, on-farm trainings, tradeshows, and free and confidential surveys.

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Guest Post: Alternative Fuels for the Future

Guest Post: Alternative Fuels for the Future

Editor’s note: this blog is a guest post written by Kathryn Patterson at Ally Charter Bus, one of the sponsors of NOFA-NY’s 2019 Winter Conference.

If you take a bus down the U.S. northeastern countryside to visit local organic farms, there's a high probability you'll see a variety of new-wave farming techniques, practices, and environmentally-friendly farming equipment. But have you ever wondered how the farming industry could be altering the future of modern transportation? Organic farms are opening up a channel of more eco-friendly biofuel options to harness energy and power in new and exciting ways.

 

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