Over the next few issues of Edible Berkshires I anticipate a conversation with you, our readers. I hope to challenge some or all of you at times. Maybe I won’t be up to the task, but it won’t be for lack of trying. I’ll discuss what goes on at Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, NY, and my musings on the state of affairs in the political arena as it pertains to farming and agriculture—not just on that farm, which I lease, but in the broader sense of the Berkshire region and nationally too. After all, if we are thinking globally and acting locally, we should keep an eye on the big picture.
Close to home, we run a family farm (Black Queen Angus Farm) and a landscape design/build business (Hartland Designs Inc.). When the economy tanked in 2008– 2009, I suddenly had a tremendous amount of time to focus on the farm, where we raise 100% grass-fed Angus beef and Registered Angus breeding stock. Experience and education on the horticulture and design fronts have lent themselves well to the farming business, mostly through an understanding of soils and site assessment. Because all food is predicated on the qualities or limitations of the environment in which it is raised, these are important understandings.… Read the rest