May 16 Farm Hour

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For this evenings Farm Hour I have an interview to play with Allen Rybycki from the Stamford Farmers COOP,  Christine Miller-Leader of the Thistle Be The Best Little 4H Club.  4H Coordinator-Thistle Be 4 Alabama Tornado Relief …… ALSO, on this evenings Farm HOur we have a couple of Agriculture NEWS stories about the profitability of growing strawberries without fumigating and recent developments in the antitrust lawsuit case against Dairy Farmers of America, Dairy Marketing Services and Dean Foods.

Farm Hour calendar

Cool Aid event:  A FARM TO TABLE FAMILY EVENT
next  Monday, May 23, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm
Onteora MS/HS cafeteria, Boiceville, NY.

This Farm to Table Family Event will fund the purchase of a walk-in freezer for our central kitchen. This will allow us to effectively extend the growing season for locally sourced produce, reduce waste of plentiful fresh foods, and increase nutrition by freezing fruits and vegetables picked at the height of their nutritive value. We feel this will greatly aid our ability to deliver healthy foods to our students, without a huge outlay of money.  The event is open to all. Hors d’oeuvres tickets will be purchased at the event.  For further information, or if you would like to financially support the event or if you would like to help, please contact Maxanne Resnick maxinmountains@aol.com, or 688-9950.

Stamford Farmers CO-op on 6 south street in Stamford is an integral part of the farming community in Delaware County and I had a chance to speak with Allen Rybecki, last week about the history of the coop and find out more about the manufacturing aspects of the Stamford Coops business.  The Stamford Farmers Coop is a diverse business with both retail and manufacturing efforts happening right there in Stamford.  The staff is very informative and happy to assist you with questions about your crop, growing and feed questions.    Whats interesting to note about the GLF is that they started the Rural Radio Network (RRN) which was an interconnected group of six commercial FM radio stations spread across upstate New York operating from Ithaca, NY — the first all-radio, no-wireline network in the world began its operation in 1948 as an innovative broadcast service to the agricultural community.

NEWS
1. Recent article in the Saint Albans Messenger newspaper by writer/reporter Michelle Monroe entitled  “DAIRY CO-OPS ALLEGEDLY AGREE NOT TO COMPETE FOR MEMBERS: Suit plaintiffs claiming anti-trust law violation”

2.  Jim Cochran of Swanton Berry Farm in Santa Cruz California is being honored by the Natural Resources Defense Council with a Growing Green Award.  YOu might be saying wow big deal, but the big deal is that Farmer Jim Cochran has been growing strawberries without pesticides for over 20 years and has proven that it is economically viable to grow strawberries on a large scale without using toxic fumigants and pesticides.   Cochran testified before Labor & Employment committee of the California State Assembly back in 2009, saying that it’s perfectly possible to produce strawberries without either methyl bromide or methyl iodide and make a profit, Farmer Jim Cochrans Methyl Iodide testimony

 Alabama Tornado Relief

Thistle Be the Best little 4-H Club and Sunflower Farm of Bovina are coordinating efforts to get much needed food and fencing materials for livestock to the farmers effected by the recent tornadoes in Alabama.

Interested parties can contact one of the following stores to donate. Simply stop in or call the store, tell them what you would like to donate, pay them and they will store your products for us until the truck leaves Delhi in the 20th of May.

NEEDED SUPPLIES INCLUDE

HAY, GRAIN, SHAVINGS, FENCE POSTS AND WIRE FENCING

Drop off sites and business to make a purchase for donation:

BRANDOWS FEED N SEED 4119 RTE 7 ONEONTA 607-432-3884

99 DELAWARE ST. WALTON 607-865-7778

MCDOWELL AND WALKER    4 Depot Street Delhi 607-746-2314

BROOKSIDE HARDWARE   42235 ST HWY 28 MARAGETVILLE  845-586-2345

HOBART HARDWARE  MAIN ST HOBART 607-538-9044

CHARLIE WILL BE DONATING 100 FENCE POSTS AND HAS OFFERED TO STORE OUR DONATED POSTS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE FENCE POSTS YOU CAN LEAVE THEM IN HOBART AT THE HARDWARE STORE.

Donations can also be left at Maple Shade Farm in Delhi.

Have questions or comments please feel free to contact us at

thistlebe4alabama@hotmail.com

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