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Farmers of the Month!

*NEW* FARMER OF THE MONTH

In appreciation of outstanding NOFA-NY member farmers who are certified organic or Farmer’s Pledge and have gone above and beyond to help our educational cause, we are excited to share our new“Farmer of the Month” initiative. These farmers (unrelated to our Farmer of the Year) will be promoted through eNews & social media.

We recognize Kingbird Farm (Karma and Michael Glos) in Richford, NY as our first Farmer of the Month!  Enjoy their answers to our five questions:
Q: How long have you been farming?
A: We have been farming since 1996. We bought this farm and have been here ever since.
 
Q: What first brought you to farming?
A: We both had been raised in avid gardening families and it became obvious during college that it was our true vocation.
 
3. Why do you farm?
We farm because it’s what drives us. We feel a sincere desire to provide good food for our community.
 
4. What advice would you give someone considering a career in farming?
Do it! Read, ask questions, visit farmers you admire and jump in with your eyes wide open!
 
5. In your opinion, what is the most important thing consumers should know about organic farming?
Consumers should know that small scale organic farmers are still doing it right. We still embrace the whole organic paradigm and do it for the sake of the land, not for the bottom line.

Spring Plant Sale

Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers, an estimated 40 area growers, and other garden groups offer perennials, specialty plants and gardening advice. You will find organically grown vegetable transplants and heirloom varieties, a huge variety of annuals, herbs and many specialty perennials, flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit crops. Free soil pH testing is available and educational exhibits and information are offered. Kids can join the Ithaca Children’s Garden for a fun hands-on activity. Bring baskets, wagons, and other containers for transporting plants.

Fee

FREE!

Learn More

http://tompkins.cce.cornell.edu/gardening/garden-events/spring-garden-fair-plant-sale

Its Cutting Time! Herbs that is….

I have rosemary fingers.  Having just returned from an amazing holiday in Ireland it is time to make the cuttings.  I am busy starting the plants that will  grace our market stall as transplants in May.  Hundreds of 3-inch tips will be snipped, trimmed, and tucked away in perlite to grow long, tender roots.  Rosemary is only the beginning…next comes passion flowers, bay trees, pomegranates,  sage, thyme, lavender, and lemon verbena.  Spring is definitely on the horizon.0220161708