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Giving Your Apple Tree a New Haircut - Pruning

February and March are the best times to prune apple and pear trees. It’s important to remember that they produce fruit on 2 to 3-year-old wood. The tree should have enough open spaces to throw a basketball through! Wow, so don’t be afraid to prune. Golden Delicious is a good variety to include because it fertilizes all other apple trees. Pruning will help avoid disease and will make your trees more productive. And it's fun - like giving your tree a new haircut! Advice from the experts is below. Cornell Fruit Website                                                          Cornell Guide...

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What is NOFA?

"What is NOFA?" NOFA stands for Northeast Organic Farming Alliance. It is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting healthy food, organic farming practices, and a cleaner environment. NOFA has chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NOFA-NY is the New York chapter. They provide educational conferences, workshops, farm tours and printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, consumers, and land care professionals.The Natural Farmer, the quarterly newspaper of the NOFA Interstate Council, publishes features on organic farming techniques, certification issues, environmental developments as they impact farmers and growers, organic market conditions and other topics of interest to the Northeast organic community. Another valuable service offered is NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, accredited by the USDA National Organic...

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Joy

Meet Joy! She was born Monday evening, May 6th. Her mother, Willa, surprised us about a week before she was born and in her cowish ways told us she was expecting.  Her name is Joy because that is how I often feel when I watch the cows. They are peaceful and entertaining. When the new babies come it's a small miracle - just like all new life. Willa is a sweetheart and it seems like Joy will be a sweetie too. She and her momma are letting me pet her. They are so frail the first day but in a few days it's hard to hold them in one place. They just grow so fast.

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Stop the Not-So-Fun Fungi in Their Tracks

Have you ever wondered why one day your seedlings look healthy and the next day they are falling over and drooping? It's caused by a disease from bad fungus known as damping off. Vermicompost can help prevent this disease from attacking your seedlings. This picture from Cornell's website shows seedlings that were grown with and without vermicompost. http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/vermicompost.htm  This beautiful poster shows how vermicompost helps prevent damping off. Too much information? Don't worry, just add 10% vermicompost to your seed starting and potting mixes to give your seedlings that extra layer of protection.  

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