{NOFA-NY Winter Conference} farming, family style

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the NOFA-NY conference with Erika. From NOFA: “The theme of this year’s conference, The Cooperative Economy, gives us an opportunity to explore the current of cooperation that runs deep in our organization and movement and the hopes that we have for a more sustainable future“. The 3+ day…

{NOFA-NY Winter Conference} pieces of the food puzzle

*I find it interesting that in the same week as I’m writing this post, our biggest local paper, The Times Union, ran a story on a local farm, Dharma Lea farm in Sharon Springs run by the Van Amburgh family, on the cover of their Sunday edition Business Section. Granted, we do have some great farmland…

{what a weekend!} NOFA-NY’s Winter Conference

Editor’s Note: Weaved throughout the next couple of weeks there will be recaps & interviews from Erika & Liz from their amazing weekend at NOFA-NY’s (Northeast Organic Farming Association New York) Winter Conference held in our hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY. It was a 3 1/2 day conference filled with ‘new farmer’ mixers, half/whole day…

{field trip} The Women Farming Conference

Just over a week ago I was able to attend the Beginning Women Farming Conference presented by Holistic Management International (HMI) at UMASS Amherst. I actually heard about the conference just days after the NOFA-NY Winter Conference. For weeks I toyed with the idea of going, but it wasn’t until I found out that the…

{FSC Podcast} Episode 11: Northeast Grains

FSC Contributor Amy Halloran takes on an a podcast journey to explore the Northeast grain system. Amy’s series on scaling up the northeast grain system provides a wealth of information and serves as an incredible introduction to the world of local grains, and in this episode we continue that conversation. Grains are often left out of the locavore…

{my farming journey} Starting Little Sparrow

The following is the very basic tale of how I’m starting my own micro-farm in Ballston Spa. It’s called Little Sparrow Farm, and yes, it’s named after Dolly Parton. Last summer I was telling a friend how I was going to be ordering a lot of garlic. The amount I ordered ended up being over…

{FSC PODCAST} Episode 5: Raising Animals (for food)

Raising animals for food. It’s a tricky subject, but we are tackling it with gusto in this month’s podcast. We’ve talked about growing vegetables, joining CSAs to pay someone else to grow vegetables and we’ve even talked a little bit about backyard chickens. Now we are bringing you an extended interview with a local meat…

{FSC PODCAST} episode 4: urban farming

This episode of the FSC Podcast, we are diving into the world of urban farming. That’s right, farming in cities. Not the typical, sprawling pastures in the country or the iconic red barn, but we’re talking to people and organizations who are farming in the city. They are increasing access to fresh food, forging a…

{cheesemaking} My Day with The Cheese Queen

I met the Queen. I mean the Cheese Queen, of course! Several weeks ago I was working on my plans for the upcoming FSC Academy Home Dairy 101 classes I will be teaching around the capital region starting in just a few weeks. As I worked on schedules, recipes, and equipment lists I realized that…

{community voices} Scaling Up the Northeast Grains System

Editor’s Note: I am so happy to announce we are starting a new contributor-stream on FSC; Community Voices. These contributors will be monthly and are the voices in our local food community; whether it be a local chef, writer or swapper. First up, writer, teacher, wife, mother, urban homesteader Amy Halloran. I first met Amy…

{New Year} Projects to Keep Me on My Toes!

I started this food group and blog to give me something tangible and productive outside of my work & family while also being relevant in my day-to-day life and feeding my passion of all things food, photography, cooking, community, politics and friendship. Food is everywhere and in our house, food is life or death. After…