agriculture

Todd Gallup, of Berne, pours slop for his pigs.

Stephen Hadcock, Beginning Farmer Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, told The Enterprise that, over the last decade or longer, he’s seen an increase in the number of people who have taken steps to start their own farm. The Enterprise spoke with Hadcock and new Berne farmer Todd Gallup for insight into the process of starting a farm from scratch. 

NEW SCOTLAND — On Aug. 25, the zoning board here took a closer look at the request from Tommell Livestock, LLC to renew a use variance previously granted to the prior owner of the property, Charles Schufelt.

Berne’s latest farmers’ market, initiated as a response to the coronavirus, had its opening on Wednesday, Aug. 5, in what vendor Todd Gallup, of Berne’s Gallup Farms, told The Enterprise was an “extraordinary success.” The market will continue to operate Wednesdays from 3 until 5:30 p.m. at the Berne Town Park with no established end date. 

The owner of a New Scotland farm stand was cited and shut down by the town in May for violations of the zoning code. The owner says that her activities predate the zoning code and are therefore exempt from the laws.

Some New Yorkers have received unsolicited packages allegedly sent from China that are marked as containing jewelry but which actually contain plant seeds, according to a statement released Monday from Richard Ball, the state’s agriculture commissioner.

GUILDERLAND — One in 10 people in Guilderland is food insecure, according to a press release from the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce. The suburban town has a population of roughly 36,000.

The farm-stand owner’s application for a special-use permit will not be heard by the planning board on July 7 as she had expected.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering video conferences on raising poultery and on raising sheep or goats.

Both courses will cover acquiring your animals, breeds, feeding, and basic health care. Questions are encouraged.

VOORHEESVILLE — The 12th season of the Voorheesville Farmers’ Market located at 68 Maple Ave. in Voorheesville will open Wednesday, June 17, with the hours of 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

An Albany County Acting Supreme Court Judge overturned the New Scotland Zoning Board of Appeals this month and told it to take another look at a use-variance application. 

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