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Posts tagged: farmers

Growing “Full Circle” at Sun Sprout Farm

Posted by Suzanne Pender on May 02, 2016 at 06:33 PM
Simon Ziegler, of Sun Sprout Farm, planting seedlings.

Simon Ziegler, of Sun Sprout Farm, planting seedlings.

Both Simon Ziegler and Madeleine Banulski share common values and passions―helping others and producing locally-grown, healthy organic food.

“We always dreamed of starting our own farm together,” said Simon, co-owner of Sun Sprout Farm. “We have been in love with the Hudson Valley for a long time, and after several years of looking for the right place, we found our destination in Chester, New York.”

He met co-owner Madeleine while volunteering at a community for adults with developmental disabilities. Simon worked on the community’s bio-dynamic dairy farm, and she worked in the garden and apple orchard.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Organic Agriculture Science in Germany, Simon returned to the states to work full-time for six years as the field manager at an organic farm in Connecticut. Read more >>

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Tags: organic, New York, locally-grown food, high tunnels, greenhouse, soils, financial assistance, technical assistance, new farmers, beginning farmer, Community Supported Agriculture

categories Farmer & Rancher Stories, Conservation Programs


Ready to Quit, Farmer Thrives on Soil Health

Posted by Ron Nichols on April 21, 2016 at 06:46 PM
Jonathan Cobb says that with a new focus on soil health, we got rid of all of the tillage equipment, and just dove in.

Jonathan Cobb says that with a new focus on soil health, we got rid of all of the tillage equipment, and just dove in.

Jonathan Cobb had made up his mind. He was leaving the farm.

“I was disillusioned with farming in general because we were just pushing long days and chasing acres and it didn’t seem like there was very much reward,” Cobb said. “That quality of life was not very good. My wife was having to work a lot of hours full time and really support the family. Twenty-five hundred acres really didn’t support two families, and we weren’t living extravagant lifestyles by any means.”

Then came the drought of 2011.

“I thought, maybe this is a sign from God – maybe we shouldn’t be farming. Maybe we should move on to something else,’” Cobb said. “I was looking into moving down to Austin, Texas and being involved in some urban farming setups.”

In time, he and his wife Kaylyn put their house on the market and prepared to move, abandoning a century-old tradition of Cobb family farming. Read more >>

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Tags: soil health, no till, cover crops, soils, farmers

categories Soil Health, Discover Conservation, Farmer & Rancher Stories