Farmers’ Direct Marketing conference Notes

Sunflowers promote ice cream GRISWOLD, Conn. — Growing sunflowers for fundraising has spinoffs by bringing crowds to the Buttonwood Farm’s ice cream business. “It creates a lot of traffic,” said Duane Button, who plants 14 acres of sunflowers each year at his cattle farm at Griswold, Conn. The mature flowers are cut by hand and […] Read more

Succession plan starts with profitability

MYSTIC, Conn. — The long-term success of a family farm depends on ongoing succession planning, said a farm business consultant. Erin Pirro of Farm Credit East in Enfield, Connecticut, advised delegates at the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association here Feb. 7 to start early. “It’s not going to happen overnight and you don’t want […] Read more