Dairy farmer, Tom Trantham, converted his conventional dairy operation to a sustainable farm, increasing his milk production while also reducing his input costs.
August 19, 2010; Alburgh, Vermont. Roger Rainville has been a dairy farmer all his life. 5 years ago, on Borderview Farm, Rainville sold off all his dairy cows, about 120 of them, and now raises 50 replacement cows. He has also converted his 300 acre farm into becoming a research farm, with over 3000 test plots […]
Organic farmer Steven Schwen plows a different path through life; one built of a strong connection to the land, without many of the trappings of modern life.
Farmers markets are growing robustly throughout the country.This farmer attests to that.
July 2, 2010; Pelzer, South Carolina. In 1989, dairy farmer, Tom Trantham, was facing almost certain financial collapse on his conventional, 92 cow dairy farm operation. With the costs of animal feed skyrocketing, many farmers were turning to BST to increase milk production, a hormone purported at the time of being safe, and as the […]
This is a story about a farmer, his connection to the land, and the community of Potter County, in which he has lived throughout his life.
Dan Forgey, of Cronin Farms, describes his ongoing research with cover crops, this time looking at how they might be grown in sync with a cash crop of corn.
As manager of the 8,500-acre Cronin Farms in Gettysburg, South Dakota, Dan Forgey strives to build soil health—and yields—sustainably. Forgey has been using no-till management for more than 17 years and over that time, has developed a keen understanding of how his farming system works and where new challenges and opportunities exist.
The thermal banking technology that Steven Schwen uses in his innovative greenhouse (see Sustainable Energy: Thermal Banking Greenhouse Design) applies not only to conservation of heat, but to cold storage and refrigeration. In this short companion video, Schwen discusses his plans for an ice house at his farm in Minnesota, and how this project is […]
Minnesota farmer Steven Schwen has built an innovative greenhouse that allows him to extend his growing season and also reduce his on-farm energy costs. Schwen views this “thermal banking” technology as a key component of his farming operation, particularly in this time of global climate change and energy insecurity. He feels this project moves him closer to his ultimate goals of energy independence and self-sufficiency.