A Question All Farmers Should Answer

By |February 12th, 2016|

A Question All Farmers Should Answer
By Troy Bishopp

If you haven’t already heard by now, climate change is on the minds of many New Yorkers, and the world. This has spurred community based leaders and elected officials to open up the (our) coffers in an attempt to research, educate and stem the tide of Mother Nature’s finger-pointing for our years of environmental, financial and social behavior.  Why?  So we can become a more resilient state.

The earth’s condition has inspired me to educate myself at resiliency summits and agricultural meetings to try and separate fact from hysteria; all the while [...]

Heartwood

By |December 22nd, 2015|

Heartwood

By Troy Bishopp

Six years ago I wrote a very personal reflection about farm monuments. (http://onpasture.com/2014/05/26/farm-monuments/)  In it I described our massive, 100 year old Elm tree’s resilience and strength coming from its foundational heartwood.  Even though Dutch elm disease and a lightning strike claimed her life, she has provided a standing testament of perseverance and hope as I acknowledge her morning silhouette every morning from my window.  Author Hal Borland aptly said, “Knowing trees makes you appreciate patience”.

Back then I wrote, “It looks as though this giving tree will remain despite all the forces to knock her over. This [...]

In the Field with a Multimedia Specialist

By |December 22nd, 2015|

 In the Field with a Multimedia Specialist

By Troy Bishopp, the Grass Whisperer

I have said for many years, agriculturalists have some of the prettiest, most iconic landscapes to capture on film. We have cute kids, farmers, animals and vistas.  We also have truthful images and events describing the inter-workings and hardships associated with farming.  Any way you slice it, the media’s portrayal of our farms is of particular interest to the general public.  Why not explore working with a multimedia specialist to tell your story?

What is a multimedia specialist you ask? According to Ken Loge of Dreamsteep.com, “A multimedia specialist [...]

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Chesapeake Bay Program features The Grass Whisperer whispering video

By |November 27th, 2015|

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/blog/post/restoration_spotlight_the_grass_whisperer_gets_to_the_root_of_grazing

Thanks Will Parson and Megan Wilcox

 

Lobster for Thanksgiving

By |November 25th, 2015|

Lobster for Thanksgiving
By Troy Bishopp, the Grass Whisperer
Our family, like most, eats the staples of a Thanksgiving dinner: Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, butternut squash and the jiggly kind of cranberries.  We also have our own traditional individual favs that round out the feast like green bean casserole, cabbage salad, green Jello salad, grape salad and the proverbial sour pickle.  But this year a lobster may be in the offering too.  Lobster?  Absolutely!

This succulent, crackin’ menu selection pays homage to the Cundy Harbor, Maine lobstermen and women whom my wife and I met during a week’s vacation this [...]

Honoring the Caregiving Soldiers

By |November 11th, 2015|

Honoring the Caregiving Soldiers

by Troy Bishopp

My Toastmaster’s coach, Fred Ashforth, often said, “Speak to one but speak to all”. On this Veteran’s Day, I’d like to thank our heroes, remember their achievements and sacrifices and staying resolute in never forgetting the price of freedom.  This year’s honorable holiday also has special meaning to me in paying tribute to a different kind of everyday soldier.

In recent weeks, I have come to witness and appreciate the acts of courage, resolve, compassion and belief in one’s dignity. They are the caregivers who take care of the fallen, the sick, and in the [...]


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