Choice Bits: Farms in Transition, Too Few Queen Bees

On Brookford Farm‘s need for a new home, from Seacoastonline.com:

Brookford Farm is moving, but wants to stay in N.H.

Farmers in our state are the least profitable in New England. About 70 percent finish each year in the red, according to the Home Grown report put out last year by Food Solutions New England. The average farmer in our state lives at somewhere around half of the federal poverty rate, and many, if not most, live without basics such as health insurance. Access to affordable land is one of the largest financial challenges for many farmers in our state. Many farmers who have not inherited land obtain use of it by leasing from established landowners. This works out sometimes, but it can also create instability for the farmers, the food supply and the land itself. Read more…

An update on Tuttles Farm, from Fosters Daily Democrat:

Mass. brothers ready to buy Tuttles farm in Dover: Looking for a property manager

Two brothers from Massachusetts are getting ready to pull the trigger on purchasing the Tuttle Farm property, according to Economic Development Director Dan Barufaldi. Though he refused to name them at this point in time, Barufaldi said the two have the “right requisite skills” for taking on the $3.35 million property and hope to carry on the legacy of the Tuttle brand. Read more…

And the challenges facing local bees and their keepers, from Fosters Daily Democrat, via the Seacoast Permaculture Group:

Too few queens puts bees in a bad way: Fewer eggs means fewer workers, less nectar for colony

“The climate is constantly challenging us,” Rallins said. “Even this spring I noticed with my bees that when fruit was in bloom we had cold, rainy weather so they couldn’t get out to take advantage of that… it seems like nowadays to keep healthy bees you have to keep a much closer eye on them and supplement their food when they need it.” Read more…

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