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    2018 Vermont Grazing Conference Communicates Passion for Pasture-based Entrepreneurship

2018 Vermont Grazing Conference Communicates Passion for Pasture-based Entrepreneurship

Vermont Grazing Conference Communicates Passion for Pasture-based Entrepreneurship

By Troy Bishopp 

Fairlee, Vermont—Whether you were starting a farm, producing meat, milk and fiber, processing and marketing or just eating, the 22nd annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference had a menu of learning for everyone.

“Our goal for this conference was to create a place where livestock farmers can come together like a family; to learn and catch up, and hopefully go home with fresh ideas and a spring in their step thinking about the next grazing season”, said Jenn Colby, UVM’s pasture program “maiden of the meadows”. The capacity crowd of [...]

By |February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Farmers for America Documentary Looks into a Diverse Future

Farmers for America Documentary Looks into a Diverse Future

By Troy Bishopp

Cazenovia, NY—“If you share my addiction to chewing and swallowing, you’ll want to watch the documentary: Farmers for America,” says the movie’s narrator, Mike Rowe, of the famed TV show, Dirty Jobs and CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

The Cazenovia Public Library partnered with the Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension and a panel of multi-generational, local farmers in screening a diverse look into the obstacles America’s young farmers face and the joys that they share in feeding America.

Sixty people packed a room to watch the 75 minute film. The documentary [...]

By |February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

From Grazing Cow to the Freshest Curd

From Grazing Cow to the Freshest Curd

By Troy Bishopp  

Remsen, NY—If Little Miss Muffet was by chance sitting on her tuffet, eating curds and whey from the Grassy Cow Grazing Dairy Farm, the 1805 nursery rhyme might never have happened, because no spider would have scared her away from the pursuit of the freshest, tastiest cheese curd in the North Country.

Who is this passionate, hard-working farming couple rewriting the freshness quotient? Remsen’s own Leon and Angela Atwell, who have enlightened the local community’s palate from their “Management Intensive Rotational Grazing” seasonal dairy farm.

Their 140 unconventional herd of Holstein, Norwegian [...]

By |February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    The Grass Whisperer Garners National Recognition for Grassland Advocacy

The Grass Whisperer Garners National Recognition for Grassland Advocacy

Deansboro, NY—American essayist and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau waxed poetic about life by saying “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” Area farmer Troy Bishopp, aka “The Grass Whisperer” has been following Thoreau’s reverent path, but it happens to be lined with fencerows, cattle, wildlife, healthy soil, clean streams and a carpet of green pastures.

This journey of management-intensive grass farming, teaching, advising, writing, speaking and photographing in the hamlet of Deansboro, NY on the family’s multi-generational; 100 acre organic grass farm has once again brought the farmer accolades on a [...]

By |February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

“Death by Powerpoint”

 

By Troy Bishopp

 

Tis the season of hunting, Thanksgiving, yule tides and sigh, word slides—sooo many word slides.

I see your heavy eyelids, blank looks, frequent trips to the bathroom and intensive texting with others. Yes ladies and gentleman, it’s officially conference season with countless presenters cramming as much text and bullet points on the screen as possible while happily reading it back to an unimpressed audience.  Uggh!

Stand-up comedian Don McMillan calls this “death by powerpoint”. It’s what happens when the audience is emotionally disconnected from the content that is being presented and is left with nothing but a nap.  The [...]

By |December 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

“Good Grief”

GOOD GRIEF

By Troy Bishopp, in memory of Scott Bishopp  

When I hear the phrase “Good Grief”, I’m reminded of Charlie Brown’s adage that described his daily personal frustrations. Using good with grief seems disingenuous for those of us who are in mourning.  As I struggle almost daily with the flashpoint of tears, the sentiment of good has little comfort.  But how do we become well again?

I’ve been on this quest for answers since my only brother died suddenly a few months ago. I shouldn’t be so selfish in thinking I’m the only one experiencing such pain. This heartache train [...]

By |December 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

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