agriculture

HILLTOWNS — Several hundred cars will pass through the Hilltowns in the next two weekends, searching for a taste of locally made maple syrup and a look at its life before the bottle.

To the Editor:

The Helderberg Hilltowns Association has a remedy for your wintertime blahs: pick-your-own blueberries, fresh tomatoes and basil, or handcrafted rustic bread. It’s CSA (community supported agriculture) season, a time to support local agriculture by buying a share in a farm’s food production.

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The snowstorm Tuesday brought just a few inches to the Hilltowns, but the school buses and beef cattle weathered its visit in the middle of the day.

Scenes of cattle in different seasons show off the natural light of the countryside.

The Carey Institute for Global Good has matured into an important resource for regional brewers and farmers and will soon start residency programs in journalism and arts.

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Started as an online gateway to local foods, FarmieMarket was Sarah Avery Gordon’s way for small, local farmers like her father to reach customers who increasingly shop online.

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BERNE — Two neighbors — a man who raises cattle and a woman who keeps horses — were the only bidders for a 42.5-acre property foreclosed on by Albany County, which lies between them.

The parcel was slated for conservation and had a minimum bid set at $68,000.

Meteorologists of the National Weather Service rated the site of a destroyed home in Duanesburg to be EF3 and all other parts of the tornado’s roughly seven-mile path to be EF0 and EF1, with EF5 as the highest rating. 

The cattle killed this month in a tipped tractor trailer are the subject of a campaign to raise awareness about transportation accidents in the meat industry.

Berne neighbors of Charles Tommell Jr. helped him after a tractor trailer carrying his cattle tipped over; Tommell said the driver had had an unblemished record.

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