Agriculture

Farmers Wanted: Preserving Island Land With Agriculture

Across the country, farmland is disappearing forever at a rapid rate, according to American Farmland Trust president John Piotti, who will speak at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury Monday night at 7 p.m.

Lay of the Land as Seen Through Conservation and Agriculture

On Monday at the Agricultural Hall, farmers and conservationists gathered to talk about ways they can work together to shape the Vineyard's future with respect to the land.

Seeds of Change: Ancient Grains Make Island Comeback

The Island's only commercial grain crop represents a growing interest in traditional grain on Martha's Vineyard, where rye, oats and barley were once widely cultivated.

Old Wheat, New Thinking

A quiet revolution has been slowly taking place on the Vineyard, something that is perhaps of great importance and could do exciting things for the Island.

Grain of Truth to Growing Rice Here

Akaogi farm in Vermont grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, but the thing that brought me there this past week was their most unusual New England crop: rice.

Staying True to the Land, Small Farms Try to Stay Viable

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has long been a model for small farms to gain needed capital. Today, some small farms on the Island are tweaking this idea to adapt to changing times and customer preferences.

Vineyard Inside Out: Keeping It Real With Chickens, Home Farm Delivers Life Lessons

Lucy Thompson lives on Spring Moon Farm off Lambert’s Cove Road, a here-an-oink, there-an-oink working farm. It requires all the dawn-to-dusk responsibilities involved with raising cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs and other animals, plus all the daily work of maintaining a lush garden that tumbles over with herbs, melons, squash, and a variety of vegetables. 

Planting for the Future, Norton Greenhouse in Welcome Addition

Jamie Norton is looking forward to having his house back next winter. For years now his roommates — starter trays of peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers, gilo and other vegetables — have taken over his home each winter and spring, covering nearly all available space.

Sun Up to Sun Down, Covering Agriculture on Martha's Vineyard for 37 Years Running

The Farm and Field column began in 1976 recording weather events and hay bale counts, new livestock additions and crop woes. Reporter Mary Breslauer wrote a brief description on the first day, June 22, 1976, of the column’s mission.

“Home gardeners cooking spinach and serving fresh lettuce on the table, Vineyard farm life — we hope the column will become a reflection of all aspects of Vineyard agriculture activities.”

Walking Hand in Hand With the Land

Editor’s note: The following is a talk James Athearn gave on Sunday at the West Tisbury Congregational Church as part of the church’s farm-to-faith initiative. Mr. Athearn is the owner of Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown. The Hebrew Center is partnering with the church on this program and will be holding a farm-to-faith shabbat service tonight, April 26, and a panel discussion afterwards entitled The Art and Faith of Farming.

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