Small Farm Quarterly - Summer 2014

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CONTENTS: SMALL FARM PROGRAM UPDATE -Cornell Small Farms Program Update, Page 3; BUSINESS MANAGEMENT -ManageYour Risk with Crop Insurance, by Elizabeth Burrichter, Page 7; -Switch the Boots,Wash the Hands, and Keep Farm Records, by Rachel Carter, Page 18; ENERGY ON THE FARM -Anaerobic Digesters: Up and Coming Energy Technology for Small Farms, by Abigail Woughter, Page 8; FARM TECH -Fishing for a New Way to Farm, by Edward DuQuette, Page 6; GRAZING -Ovines in the Vines?, by Nancy Glazier, Page 20; LIVESTOCK & POULTRY -Colostrum, by Ulf Kintzel, Page 15; -Profitable Broiler Enterprises in New England, by Sam Anderson, Page 19; LOCAL FOODS & MARKETING -Small Livestock Farm Reaches Big Markets, by Rachel Whiteheart, Page 9; -A Spirited Discussion with Hudson Valley Distillers, by Stephen E. Hadcock, Page 10; -First Food Justice Certified Farm and Food Stores in New York, by Elizabeth Henderson, Page 14; NEW AND BEGINNING FARMERS -Greasing the Farm Wheels: Tips From a Former First-Year Farmer, by Alicia Anderson, Page 5; NORTHEAST SARE SPOTLIGHT -Investigating the Profitability of the Paper Pot Transplanter on a Small Vegetable Farm, by Liz Martin, Page 12; SEED STORIES -Cultivating the Heirlooms of Tomorrow, by Petra Page-Mann, Page 2; SMALL FARM SPOTLIGHT -Barn Foundation Problems?, by Dave Aman, Page 17; STEWARDSHIP AND NATURE -Keeping Farming Practices in Sync with Natural Systems Will Always Keep You in the Green, by Kimberly Hagen, Page 16

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Small Farm Quarterly is for farmers and farm families — including spouses and children - who value the quality of life that smaller farms provide. OUR GOALS ARE TO: Celebrate the Northeast region’s smaller farms; Inspire and inform farm families and their supporters; Help farmers share expertise and opinions with each other; Increase awareness of the benefits that small farms contribute to society and the environment; Share important research, extension, and other resources. The most recent issues can be found on the SFP website here:


Cornell Small Farms Program, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, USDA NRCS, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

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