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Entries Tagged as 'Sustainability'

Our New Landscaping Crew

May 23rd, 2013 · 2 Comments · farming, Sustainability

Here’s the thing about buying a farm property with 20 acres of pasture: the grass grows whether you want it to or not. As spring arrived, we were in a race against mother nature. What to do about all that grass? I knew we didn’t want to purchase a mower. What’s the point of building […]

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Readers Have Spoken: Buy the Tractor!

May 22nd, 2013 · 10 Comments · farming, Sustainability

Many readers responded to our hand-wringing over a tractor purchase and the vote was unanimous: Buy the tractor! My sister Diane, who owned a small farm in northern Illinois with her husband years ago, was emphatic: “We used our tractor ALL the time, and we only had 5.5 acres.” Vermont farmer and author Ben Hewitt […]

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Readers Poll: Should We Buy a Tractor?

May 21st, 2013 · 14 Comments · farming, Sustainability

We didn’t move to Upstate New York to spew diesel fumes, nor do we want our little slice of heaven to be forever dependent on fossil fuels. Our plan was to build a “sustainable” family farm around pastured livestock. But now that I’ve lived here for a while, I can see that farming on an […]

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