#FridaysOnTheFarm: An Orchard Becomes a Community’s Jewel

In this week's #FridaysOnTheFarm, meet Maria Alonso, who began farming in 2010 in Ontario, California as part of a quest to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for her son, who was suffering from symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. 

Then, doctors were recommending either medicine or a change in diet. She chose the latter due to her available financial resources and her drive to garden.

For Farmers, By Farmers: Bobwhite Blog Piques Producer Interest across Country

As we develop content for, we continuously ask ourselves: “How will this information help a farmer?” We share stories about farmers, ranchers, and forest managers who are using USDA programs to improve their operations. We also share information on some of our key efforts – and how a producer can help northern bobwhite and livestock at the same time. 

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Pining for the Holidays

In this week's #FridaysOnTheFarm, meet Scott Powell and Christopher Maciborski, evergreen farmers in northern Michigan. The brothers-in-law, and their families, cultivate holiday cheer at Dutchman Tree Farms by providing cut Christmas trees and wreaths for families across the country. 

“We’re thinking about Christmas 365 days a year. I love it,” said Christopher. “The only one who would have a better job is Santa Claus.”

Northern Bobwhite Quail: Restoring a Species

In the last 50 years, populations of the northern bobwhite quail have decreased by 85 percent in the United States. Loss, degradation and fragmentation of habitat on a continental scale has largely silenced the iconic species across rural America. 

Tall Timbers – through its research and land management – as well as a network of conservation partners are working together to help this species rebound.  

Faces of Vermont Agriculture: New Video Series

I have farmed with my husband, Sam Burr, since 1979. We started with dairy, first milking registered Jerseys, and over the years, we’ve diversified our operation to include certified-organic berries, vegetables, and hay on our beautiful 285-acre farm, Last Resort, in Monkton, Vermont. We have also raised three children on this farm, which we call home.

Grow and Tell: Save Time and Money with No-Till

Saving soil isn't the only reason Trey Hill practices no-till – it also saves money.

Trey raises corn, soybeans, and wheat on his family farm in Rock Hall, Maryland. No-till allows him to cut time spent in-field each year, reducing both his operating costs and wear and tear on his equipment. No-till also reduces erosion across Trey’s operation, holding valuable soil in place and minimizing runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.

Grazing Lands Grow More Bugs for Birds to Eat

Most ranchers have heard the saying, “what’s good for the bird is good for the herd.” New research reinforces this by showing that well-managed grazing provides more than just better habitat for sage grouse – it also produces more of the bugs that growing young birds need to eat.