A proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to eventually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour — a 66 percent increase from the current rate — has members of the agriculture industry on edge.
“That would put us at a huge disadvantage,” said Jeff Rottkamp, owner of Fox Hollow Farm on Sound Avenue. “A monstrous disadvantage.” READ
The annual Long Island Agricultural Forum will take place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14-15, at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead. READ
Those driving down Main Road in Aquebogue recently may have noticed somewhat of a change: nearly 9 acres are being cleared across the street from Vineyard Caterers. READ
Abra Morawiec, owner of Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport, didn’t grow up with dirt under her nails or farming in her blood. READ
For local farmers, school children are an untapped market — representing not only future consumers of their products, but future producers who can someday carry the torch and ensure that farming remains a viable industry in Suffolk County. READ
It’s not enough for students to go visit a farm in order for them to learn about agriculture, said Katie Bigness, a coordinator at New York Agriculture in the Classroom, a group of state and educational resources for teachers.
While the beach and backyard barbecue will be on many people’s mind’s this Labor Day weekend, apple picking season has begun.
That’s right, at least three farms have either already started apple picking or will kick it off this weekend, including Harbes Family Orchard. READ
When Davis Peach Farm owner Christine Davis saw the extent of the devastation caused by a severe thunderstorm earlier this month, she went “totally numb.” READ