Farm Bureau wants to see land assessments capped at 2 percent
Agricultural advocates are concerned spiraling land values are discouraging industry growth in the Empire State.
Cappiello Farm sold to another buyer for $2.7M; town’s price was $600k
A plan for the Town of Ballston to purchase an iconic piece of farmland has failed, much to the chagrin of the landowners and open space advocates.
Self-guided tour features a variety of Clifton Park farming operations
What has become an annual tradition to recognize the changing of the seasons in Clifton Park will be taking place Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 16. Farm Fest will see area farms opened to the public for a self-guided tour of the town’s agricultural offerings. Activities include animal rides, hayrides, farm tours and food samplings.
Milton seeks Farmland Protection Plan
The Milton Farmland Protection Committee has been working on a plan for over a year. Milton’s previous Town Supervisor, Frank Thompson had approached Sanford Becker, president of the committee and owner of Winterwood Horse Farm to set up the group. There are five board members on the committee, including Jaime O’Neill of the Saratoga County Planning Department.
Growers try to make the best of a devastating apple season
Although a late frost in the spring has damaged a large portion of the area’s apple crops, local growers are still urging families to keep their annual tradition of visiting an apple farm this fall.
One year ago this week the Capital District face severe flooding from tropical storm Irene. Spotlight photographers documented what happened. Take a look back.
The Saratoga County Fair is well underway, but before the first guests entered the gates, fair dignitaries and volunteers were already predicting a banner year based on fair memories.
The Saratoga County Fair is celebrating its 171st year, and has much to offer fairgoers. Everything from food and music to animal exhibits and dairy demonstrations will take place over the weeklong event at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa — even sharks will make an appearance this year.
Not everyone might realize it, but it does every summer at the Double M Western Store, where on Friday and Saturday nights from July 6 through Aug. 31 you can catch an honest-to-goodness rodeo.
The club is a network of growing knowledge about local food and its members are willing to share what they learn, offering food swaps (open to the public and free, donations accepted) and do-it-yourself classes held at various locations throughout the Capital District.
Sunday, June 17 (also Father’s Day) marks Saratoga County’s 17th Annual Sundae on the Farm at Eildon Tweed Farm in Charlton from noon to 4 p.m. The free event generally draws more than 2,000 visitors from far and wide and highlights one of the greatest resources of the county: agriculture.
Tuesday, June 5, marked the debut of the Malta Farmers Market – a weekly installment of locally produced foods, plants and craft items. Every Tuesday will now host more than 20 vendors on the lawn between the Malta Community Center and Just Meat & Deli on Route 9 from 3-6 p.m. through Oct. 30.
Recently proposed the Department of Labor regulations limiting the roles of minors working on farms have been withdrawn as of April 26.
Connections to local food becoming more popular
“In New York State the number of markets has risen from 235 in 2000 to 500 in 2010.That’s a 113 percent increase. What’s more New York State ranks second in the nation for the number of markets. The farmers market is a place where farmers can get the best price for their goods by selling directly to the consumer and cutting out the middleman,” Laurie Ten Eyck, New York field representative for American Farmland Trust.
Cuomo announces state to cover local shares of FEMA recovery projects
Counties throughout New York State received unexpected and costly flood damage last year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will be footing the bill.