|Hard times challenge dairy farmers|
Kennebec Journal - 2/15/2009.Spencer Aitel is an organic dairy farmer in China who belongs to a cooperative that offers a set price for milk. “The reward is that prices remain stable instead of fluctuating with the commodity market,” Aitel said. “Without stable pricing, the business person can’t plan ahead effectively.”
|Sow those seeds!|
The New York Times - 2/15/2009.Editorial by Verlyn Klinkenborg – In August 2004, I wrote a Rural Life editorial about the victory garden movement during World War II, noting that a national crisis had turned Americans – for a few years at least – into a nation of gardeners. Now we are in the midst of another crisis.
|Growing points: Getting through winter with ‘Black Oxford’ apples|
Village Soup - 2/15/2009.By Jean English – One of the joys of this long, cold winter has been making lovely pink applesauce from the ‘Black Oxford’ fruits stored in the root cellar. The characteristic deep purple skin of this white-fleshed variety is responsible for that pink color (and probably some health benefits) in the sauce.
|Horse teams vs. modern means|
Bangor Daily News - 2/15/2009.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Logging by traditional horsepower is a method that more and more small-woodlot owners are turning to. It’s efficient, it’s renewable, it’s much more gentle on the land than skidders and other machines.