Veteran Farmers Learn the Art of Fence

By |August 16th, 2017|

Veteran Farmers Learn the Art of Fence  

Army Veteran, beginning farmer and financial advisor, John Slifka, had this desire after acquiring a small acreage to start a multi-species operation with his wife, Josephine and family, aptly named Three Sister’s Farm for their generations of women in the family and to pay homage to the Iroquois people.

“With part of the Three Sisters Farm’s objective to raise a variety of livestock, pasture fencing is essential. Still, it is not only critical to get the right kind of fencing installed, it was equally important to get fencing installed the right way.  It’s one [...]

A Tribute to my Brother, Scott Bishopp

By |August 11th, 2017|

A Tribute to my Brother, Scott Bishopp
by Troy Bishopp August 5th, 2017 United Methodist Church of Livonia

Charlie Brown said, “Goodbyes always makes my throat hurt”.

The rock band Creed, who was on my brother’s Spotify play list said in their song,  Don’t Stop Dancing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                “At times life’s unfair and you know, it’s plain to see                                                                                                                                   Hey God I know I’m just a dot in this world                                                                                                                                                    Have you forgot about me?                                                                                                                                                                                 Whatever life brings I’ve been through everything                                                                                                                                      And now I’m on my knees again                                                                                                                                                                        But I know I must go on                                                                                                                                                                             Although I hurt I must be strong                                                                                                                                                                 Because [...]

A Farmer Meltdown

By |May 7th, 2017|

A Farmer Meltdown

By Troy Bishopp

I remember it well. It was 6am on June 11th, 2015 when my friend and young farmer, John Suscovich, announced to the world on his 75th Farm Marketing Solutions Podcast, (https://farmmarketingsolutions.com/blog/gfp075-my-big-meltdown  ) that he was having an emotional meltdown and heading into the thralls of depression.  As he divulged his inner pain, a wave of tears dripped onto my keyboard, partly from my empathy for him but also from the release that, I too, suffer from the “Burning candles at both ends syndrome”.

Mental health is not something we discuss very much, especially at the farm [...]

I’m Sorry I Missed Your Drought Party

By |April 3rd, 2017|

I’m Sorry I Missed Your Drought Party

By Troy Bishopp

Word on the street says you gain experience just after you really need it and you’re supposed to learn from past experiences in an effort to not repeat. After 32 years in the managed grazing bu
siness, I’m not supposed to be surprised anymore.  That was until the dry spell of 2012 when I literally got burned.

That year in the Northeast we had a warm winter followed by a grazing season with 25 days of over 90 degrees and very sporadic rain. This was a period where it might sprinkle every [...]

Grass Whisperer Captures National Conservation Photo Awards

By |March 26th, 2017|

Grass Whispering Conservationist and Farmer Captures National Conservation Photo Awards

Denver Colorado — The 2016 winners of the National Association of Conservation District’s poster and photo contests were announced at the organization’s 71st Annual Meeting on Jan 31st. Each year, the NACD photo and poster contests give students and adults alike the opportunity to display their artistic talents on a national stage. 

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local [...]

Be the Yeoman Farmer

By |March 26th, 2017|

Be the Yeoman Farmer

By Troy Bishopp

Morrisville, N.Y.—If you were looking for inspiration to start down an agrarian path, chances are Mark and Kristin Kimball from Essex Farm on the shores of Lake Champlain, could steer your heart and hands into the wonderfully messy and delicious life of farming.

With the spirit of Thomas Jefferson’s yeoman farmer sentiment: Farmer, author of The Dirty Life, and keynote speaker, Kristin Kimball conjured up the importance of local farms at the 1st Annual Madison County Small Farm and Homestead Fair held at Morrisville College.  “I still believe in Jefferson’s notion that “Agriculture is our [...]


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