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Insight Dairy, LLC

By anyone’s accounting, agriculture is a tough business. Dairy farmers make their living through hard work, good luck and a whole lot of knowledge about subjects as diverse as economics, herd health and management, implement and heavy truck maintenance as well as basic human resource skills are just a few of the skills that Chris […]

Gardens and Food Security

Jessica Ladley “Jessica Ladley of West Winfield awoke one perfectly weathered day to find that her lawn had erupted into the most magnificent garden…” …that’s the way I wish to begin this story, and so I have. Standing within the boundaries of marigolds, time slowed as I snapped a photo of a bee lighting on […]

Tackling Tick Troubles

As we are enjoying an unseasonably warm early spring in the Mohawk Valley, it brings with it an unwelcome guest – ticks. Usually ticks don’t become active in the environment until late April through October, but the current weather conditions have led to a spike in the tick population. If you enjoy walking in the […]

Preparing Your Vegetable Garden Soil

Early spring is the time to turn our attention to one of the most crucial aspects of successful gardening: soil preparation. A healthy and well-nourished soil sets the stage for vibrant plants and abundant harvests. In this post, we’ll delve into the essential steps for preparing your vegetable garden soil to ensure optimal growth and […]

Taking a Break From the Farm

As a farmer, the idea of vacationing might seem as foreign as those little umbrellas in fancy drinks. Yet, it’s essential for your well-being. Vacationing is not just about relaxation; it’s about reducing stress and preventing burnout, especially when you’re responsible for a farm.Research shows that vacations can factor into a successful strategy for reducing […]

Getting Ready for Spring by Garden Planning & Seed Starting

Here in the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York, where the winters are long and the growing season is short, seed starting for vegetable gardens is a great way to insure gardening success and expand your harvest. With a climate characterized by chilly springs and unpredictable frosts, starting seeds indoors offers gardeners a head start […]

Herkimer County Local Foods Map

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Herkimer County produces the Herkimer County Local Foods Map each year. It began in 2002 as a ‘Farm Produce and Tourism’ map, switching over to exclusively local food in 2009. The objective of creating this map has been to connect producers with consumers of local foods that are grown/produced in Herkimer […]

Food Traditions in Herkimer County

Preserving Herkimer County’s Flavorful Heritage. Herkimer County is not only known for its beautiful, flowing landscape and historical significance but also for the culinary traditions of the different peoples that have made the Mohawk Valley their home. The county’s rich food traditions reflect the diverse cultural heritage of the region, incorporating elements from the Mohawk, […]

Mat Kay Maple

I have enjoyed passing by Mat Kay Maple’s sugar house on my evening commute, with its eaves glowing in the dimming light. The building seemed perfectly placed, almost as if it had always belonged there. Surrounding it, the maples transitioned from ancient giants to aspiring saplings, all contributing to Barry Allen’s sugaring operation in West […]