Summer 2004

EDITORIAL

From the Editors by John Thurgood — Page 3

READERS WRITE — Pages 3 & 5

SMALL FARM PROGRAM UPDATE

New Director Named to Cornell Small Farms Program by Linda McCandless — Page 4

PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT

Should You Have Crop Insurance?
by Jim Ashton — Page 9

Effective Natural Ventilation for New Smaller Freestall Barns by Curt Gooch — Page 16

Nutrient Management Planning: Small Farms Are Still Responsible by Bill Henning — Page 25

FARMING OPPORTUNITIES

Homeland Security by Jim Hogue — Page 7

Gone to the Hogs by Brent Buchanan — Page 21

There IS Life After Dairy: The Story of Healing Spirits Herb Farm by Anita Cassard — Page 17

FOREST AND WOODLOT

Managing Unconventional Resources: Hedging Your Bets with Hedgerows by David Reid — Page 11

Sustainable Forestry at Indian Chimney Farm by Chris Grant — Page 23

MARKETING

Consumers Favor Family Farms — Page 8

Concentration and Market Power in the Dairy Industry by Molly Ames — Pages 24-25

HOME AND FAMILY

Crossroads by Claire Hebbard — Page 5

The Great Agricultural Fairs of New York by Russell Marquart — Page 6

New York AgrAbility Assists Farmer with Safety Adaptations by Holly Cestero — Page 10

NEW FARMERS

Young Farmers Find Their Way by Mariane Kiraly — Page 4

Learn to Manage Stress Early in Your Farming Career by Cathy Sheils — Page 14

Beginning Farmers of New Hampshire
by Brandon Sussman — Page 27

STEWARDSHIP AND NATURE

Small Farm with a Big Idea by Amanda Van Blarcom — Pages 12-13

Potato Leafhopper, Alfalfa and the Dog Days of Summer by Ken Wise — Page 26

COMMUNITY/WORLD

Keeping the Small Farm Legacy Alive by Alice Allen — Page 22

RESOURCE SPOTLIGHTS

Tilling the Soil of Opportunity — Page 8

Northeast Small Farm Expo by Heather Strachan — Page 13

Cornell’s Community, Food, and Agriculture Program — Page 15

Women’s Agricultural Network 10 Years & Still Growing by Mary Peabody and Beth Holtzman — Page 15

Beginning Farmers of New Hampshire — Page 27

Other Small Farm Magazines — Page 28

YOUTH PAGES

They Call Me the Eggman by Dennis Deysenroth — Page 18

4-H Contests – Having Fun & Learning Too! by Katelyn Walley — Page 18

Ag Quiz — Page 18

Hard Work Really Pays Off by James Gardner — Page 19

Small Farm Chores Lead to Big Life Lessons
by Emily Schmitt — Page 19

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Why Isn’t Agriculture Important to the Northeast? by Ed Harwood — Page 6

Some Simple Observations on Small Scale Farming by Bill Henning — Page 21