Category Archives: Land access

Spotlight on Mara Hearst & Levy Lamb

by Melissa Pasanen “I want to do something where I’m excited to wake up in the morning,” said Mara Hearst, the 26-year-old Bennington native, who started Levy Lamb in April 2018 in Dorset.  “Being involved in agriculture in your community … Continue reading

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Growing a Business while Growing Up

With her prize-winning registered Border Leicester sheep flock, Lydia Smith is a beginning farmer to watch. Lydia’s business, Echo Ridge Flock, sells breeding stock, feeder lambs, raw fleeces, wool blankets, pelts and meat, and provides shearing services for other small … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Golden Well: A Farm offering much more than vegetables

Early season rains are one of the pragmatic reasons why Nicole and Ryan have been looking differently at their farm, which they purchased in 2015.  For two years running, their farm, Golden Well, suffered a loss. In 2016, the bridge … Continue reading

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Thinking about a new farm business? Is an incubator program for you?

As the average age of farmers nudges 60 years, it’s clear that we need new and younger farmers. Incubator programs have sprouted up to meet this need, typically offering  training and support on a dedicated site, with mentor farmers available … Continue reading

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Outsmarting Quackgrass

Quackgrass, Elymus repens (L.) Gould, is a major problem in cropping systems across the United States and Canada. It is a persistent, perennial, cool-season weedy grass that has the unique ability to hide below the surface and suddenly invade an … Continue reading

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