by Richard Brzozowski, Extension Educator, Cumberland County and Tori Jackson, Extension Educator, Androscoggin & Sagadahoc Counties
New England Farmland Finder Website Unveiled
The New England Farmland Finder Web site is a new online service helping farmers and landowners find each other. This farm property clearinghouse is free, simple, up-to-date, and privacy protected. It contains information and resource links to inform and support farm seekers and landowners.
The site was launched by a collaboration of New England organizations focusing on farmland access issues. The new service complements local and statewide efforts to match new farmers with available land. The Web site is part of a region-wide, USDA-funded project on farmland access.
Landowners, farm seekers and realtors are encouraged to visit the New England Farmland Finder site to post or search for farm properties, and to check out the resources. The site will become increasingly useful as more properties are added. For more information contact email@example.com. The New England Farmland Finder is not involved in real estate transactions. It does not sell or rent properties or receive a commission for any transactions.
Poisonous plants in pasture
With pasture season in full swing, you might this fact sheet “Poisonous Plants in Pastures” from UNH Extension, helpful in identifying plants that could harm your grazing livestock.
New/Beginner Farmer Web Site
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has designed a Web site with new farmers in mind. Experienced farmers are encouraged to use the site too!
Troubleshooting Electric Fence Systems
Here are two Web sites that could be useful in solving an electric fencing problem. The first is on “Electric Fence and Fence Charger Troubleshooting” from Hallman Fence Systems. The second is a “Fence Troubleshooting Diagram” from Kencove Fence Supplies.
Safety for Aging Farmers
As we age, our bodies lose some strength, reaction time and resiliency. Here is a link to a fact sheet from Canada’s Farm Safety Association that might help you be safer on the farm.
When was the last time you had the local fire and rescue personnel to your farm? It might be a wise move to invite the rescue squad or fire department to your farm as a way to familiarize them to your place, your equipment, power sources, storage areas, pesticides, etc.
By the way, do you have a farm first aid kit well stocked and ready? You can read more about farm safety in this factsheet from Iowa State University Cooperative Extension, and order a fully stocked kit from the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
“The Heat is On, U.S. Temperature Trends” is a recently released report on our climate (including Maine). For a printed copy, please contact Colleen at 1.800.287.1471.
Poultry Web Sites
University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Richard Brzozowski recently updated a listing of Extension-sponsored Web sites related to poultry. There’s a wealth of information at these sites. For a copy of the listing, please send an email or call 1.800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine).
How are sales for your farm products? Learn how to present and merchandise farm products. Small changes can make big differences. Here are two items on the topic from University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension:
Considering Buying Clubs?
Buying clubs are a bit different than Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s). Extension educator Richard Brzozowski recently visited a farm in Virginia that markets meat, eggs and produce year round through a buying club. Here are links to learn more about how CSA’s and buying clubs differ, and how to compare buying clubs with other forms of marketing.
Ever Heard of Aronia?
Aronia is a small fruit that can be grown in Maine. More information is available online about Aronia and about an Aronia Field Day scheduled for August 16, 2012 at a Maine site.
Extension educator Richard Brzozowski recently had the thrill of seeing robotic milkers in action on a 300-head dairy farm in northern Vermont. Each robot can handle about 75 cows. Michigan State University has made a document available titled “Challenges and Benefits of Adopting Robotic Milking on Michigan Dairy Farms”. It can be found online or requested by calling UMaine Extension at 207.780.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (toll free in Maine).