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Jeff Toussaint worries about what will happen to his Medina farm if he is required to pay overtime to his workers once they have put in 40 hours per week. "I think there's a lack of understanding, that agriculture just can't function like a factory," Toussaint said. He's concerned about the financial impact on his operations and whether his workers might leave if he lim…

Health and Fitness

Winter has lingered into spring, but Beth and Chris Leipler already have spent several months preparing for their second growing season at Tioga Valley Farm in West Falls. “We’re looking forward to another year,” Beth Leipler said this week. The farm is among at least 10 in the region that offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares – essentially giving custom…

Buffalo

Every now and then, as Deborah Ann Ritchie describes the aftermath of a fire on the family farm, her voice cracks. She pauses to speak through raw emotion. It would be easy to believe she is stopped by grief, compounded by fatigue. She and her husband Stew went to bed on a November evening thinking they had no worries beyond their daily tasks. Their life is built around…

Business

An Allegany County farm that provides "sustainable" and "responsibly cultivated" produce for retail and food-service customers is expanding its operation with five new greenhouses and several specialty crops in exchange for $100,000 in state Excelsior Jobs tax credits for 11 new jobs. Fulmer Valley Farms in Andover will invest $1.19 million in the expansion, which inclu…

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Kathy Border takes students to a beef farm every year as part of a community food course. She and her family eat eggs laid by their own chickens. The weekly diet tilts toward fresh fruits and vegetables. Still, she wouldn't dream of growing her own produce on her rural homestead in South Wales. "I do not have a green thumb and we have a lot of deer who would eat a ga…

Local News

A screening of the documentary "Farmers for America" is scheduled for at 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. The event is being sponsored by the Board of Directors of Grand Island Farms, a non-profit group of family-owned farms and community members. The documentary, narrated by Mike Rowe, outlines the changes coming to America as more consum…

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Farming is part of the history of Grand Island, and there are about 50 farms operating in the town. Now the Town Board is giving approval to local farmers with a local law that will make it easier for residents to own livestock in state-certified agricultural districts. "This is saying that people in these districts don't have to come to the town for a permit – it's …