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Hudson Valley Young Farmers Chapter

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Hudson Valley Young Farmers Chapter

This is the second installment in a blog series featuring the winners of the 2022 Muck Boot Chapter Capacity Grant program. The grant program awarded five National Young Farmers Coalition chapters with $5,000 to compensate themselves for their organizing efforts or to cover expenses for a specific project, such as COVID-19 response efforts, racial equity trainings, or virtual platforms to increase connectivity.

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Bowhunting 101

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Bowhunting 101

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to start bowhunting. Maybe it’s the challenge or the connection with nature. The food or the responsibility that comes with learning how to shoot accurately.

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West Michigan Young Farmers

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West Michigan Young Farmers Chapter

This is the first installment in a blog series featuring the winners of our 2022 Muck Boot Chapter Capacity Grant program. The grant program awarded five Young Farmers chapters with $5,000 to compensate themselves for their organizing efforts or to cover expenses for a specific project, such as COVID-19 response efforts, racial equity trainings, or virtual platforms to increase connectivity.

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UFI Logo

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The Urban Farming Institute

“WE DON’T JUST GROW FOOD, WE GROW PEOPLE.”

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Boxler Maple Syrup Season on the Farm

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Maple Season Work

In addition to being an avid outdoors woman, Nikki Boxler also plays an important role in her family's multi-generational business Boxler Maple Farm. Nikki, along with her father David and brother Warren have continued a working tradition that started with Nikki's great-grandfather Joseph Boxler.

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Beginner's Guide to Scouting for Turkey

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Beginner's Guide to Scouting for Turkey

Spring is officially here and you know what that means, it’s turkey season! Spring turkey hunting can be challenging, but a little bit of pre-season scouting should help to increase your odds for success. Here are a few tips and tactics to help you create a scouting plan.

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Winter horse care tips

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Winter Horse Care Tips

Horse care in the winter, depending on where you live, can be like a guessing game. One day it might be hot during the day but freezing at night. It could rain all week then suddenly start snowing the next day. Around this time last year I had on a short sleeve shirt some days and layers on other days. The weather is just like this sometimes. My advice? Focus in two areas for horses in the winter...

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MLK Day 2022

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Martin Luther King Day, we are reminded of the importance of community. Dr. King is a transcending spirit whose lifelong mission for civil rights still inspires us to learn and actively participate in the positive change our world needs.

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5 best ways to preserve your garden harvest

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5 Best Ways to Preserve Your Garden Harvest

Growing a garden is such a fun experience and it's made more fun when you can preserve the fruits of your labour to enjoy all year. Although you may not be planning to have enough to last the whole year, it’s a good idea to be prepared for a little abundance. Trust me, you’ll have way more tomatoes and zucchini that you know what to do with!

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5 tasks to do today for a vegetable garden tomorrow

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5 Tasks To Do Today for a Vegetable Garden Tomorrow

What are your favourite vegetables to eat? What do you eat the most of on a regular basis? There is no point in planting something if you never eat it and hate it! The easiest to grow veggies are lettuces/spinach, cucumber, beans/peas, tomatoes, and kale/swiss chard.

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3 steps to prep your garden for planting

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3 Steps To Prep Your Garden for Planting

The signs of spring are all so hopeful; the smell of rainy days, the birds chirping, the longer days, and the warmth of the sun. It also means that garden season is upon us - which is my favourite time of the year. The seed catalogues, the garden planning, and ultimately the planting! Since it’s the beginning of April, I thought I would put together a post on how to prep your garden for planting and get it ready for the season.

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A Day In The Life

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MUCK PRO TEAM MEMBER ZOE COLVILLE

Have you ever eaten a meal and loved it so much you eat the same thing for days on end? Or have you enjoyed a film to the point of rewatching it to death until you know all the words? That little buzz you get, the sudden rush of endorphins...

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8 Ways To Simplify

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8 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY SPRING OUTDOOR CHORES

Spring is the magical time of year when the birds begin to chirp, the mornings grow warm, and the world comes back to life. We’ve always got to tackle traditional house cleaning, and now we must add spring chores to the list. Spring chores can be demanding and messy...

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How To Start Homesteading No Matter Where You Live

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How To Start Homesteading No Matter Where You Live

To some homesteading may seem like a far away dream only to be attained when you have much more life experience and 100 acres. Well, think again! I am here to tell you that you can homestead no matter where you live.

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Hard Work, Earned Respect

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HARD WORK, EARNED RESPECT & FEMALE ROLE MODELS

I was only 13 years old when I started my first paid full-time job driving tractors for my family’s dairy farm. The days were long, and the sun was hot, but I found the work to be enjoyable! Plus, as a bonus dad would always stop by the field to drop off breakfast...

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Christmas Traditions

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

By U.K. Pro Team Member Zoe Colville @thechiefshepherdess Just because it's a holiday, Sunday or Christmas doesn't mean we can have a day off, farming really is 365 days a year. But that doesn't mean you can't make it special, when I ventured into farming I was certain I'd make...

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Care And Fit

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CARE AND FIT GUIDE

CARE Your new boots are constructed with high grade natural rubber. As a natural material, it is important your rubber boots are maintained and stored appropriately to prolong their life Avoid storing your boots in direct sunlight, near to artificial heat or in sub-zero temperatures, as this can cause the...

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Q and A

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Q & A WITH BRAND AMBASSADOR LINDSEY DAVIS ON THE NEW APEX HUNTING BOOT

Q & A with Lindsay Davis Tell us a little about yourself. I’m home in the outdoors. I work full time in the outdoor industry to protect recreation access, public lands, and wildlife habitat. I am a first-generation hunter. In the last five years, I’ve come to connect my perspectives...

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Our Path Forward

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OUR PATH FORWARD

The events which have unfolded over the past weeks and that are happening as we type this are tragic and disheartening. They have brought to light many sad truths that aren’t new, that racial inequality is far from uncommon. So, what do we do about it? What can we do...

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Best Foot Forward

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PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD - HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOOT FOR THE JOB

Your footwear is the foundation for a productive, safe and comfortable day at work. Employers and workers want to avoid injuries while on the job, and standing for long periods of time can lead to tired, accident-prone feet. Although potentially overlooked by some, protective footwear should be a key element...

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Fall Arrived

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NO SOONER HAD FALL ARRIVED THEN IT SEEMED TO HAVE LEFT US

No sooner had fall arrived then it seemed to have left us. Vermont -while a spectacular, brilliant, shining state in Spring and Fall doesn’t spend too much time with either season. She’s an either/or kind of land, with little interest in middle ground. She’s never paid any mind to solstice...

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Winter Is Coming

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WINTER IS COMING, YES, ALWAYS, BUT FIRST FALL

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to attempt communication with a farmer in summer you will know from experience that emails will not be returned, dinner invitations rarely accepted, phone messages left unlistened. You’ll have to go there, to the farm, track down the farmer while she is methodically, insistently,...

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Wigwam Socks

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WIGWAM® SOCKS | MADE IN USA‎: THE HOW TO'S ON PAIRING THESE WITH WITH MUCK BOOTS

As we all know, there is no better feeling than slipping on your Muck Boots for the day and accomplishing your goals of the day. Our boots have been tested and have demonstrated that they can conquer the toughest conditions across the globe. Typically, you know the type of boots...

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We Listened

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YOU ASKED AND WE LISTENED: AT LAST, A STEEL TOE BOOT FOR THE HARDEST WORKING WOMEN

Based on many customer requests, we designed these steel toe boots for women who are hardworking, require safety toes, all-day comfort and a great fit to get the job done. Designed for women by women, these waterproof work boots will help ensure a comfortable fit that will help achieve any...

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Four Seasons

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A YEAR THAT HOLDS WAY MORE THAN FOUR SEASONS

Much like the academic year begins in September and the fiscal year in October and the calendar year in January the farm-in-rural-Vermont year begins in April. Sometimes May depending on weather and snowmelt. If your lucky April. And one time since we’ve lived here it began on March 20th. But...

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Public Lands

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DISCOVERING PUBLIC LANDS

Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the outdoors horseback riding, fishing, and exploring with my brothers and sister. It never occurred to me who owned the land that we played on, or why it mattered. I started hunting in the fall of 2014 and as I learned...

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Maple Venison

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MAPLE VENISON JERKY

Over the weekend I thought I would try adding a touch of Maple syrup while making jerky to give it a hint of sweetness and the result was delicious. Here is what you will need: 3lbs of Venison Roast Marinade: 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce 1/2 Cup Worchester Sauce 1...

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Maple Syrup

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MAPLE SYRUP: A SWEET FAMILY TRADITION

On a frigid winter morning dad and I are driving down the snow-covered road in his muddy pick-up, and I could see the steam rising from the sugar shanty off in the distance. I crack my window to catch a whiff of the sweet aroma of boiling sap mixed with the chilly winter air and as the sweet scent flooded through the truck window, so too did the memories.

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A LIVESTOCK FARM IS NEVER TRULY HIBERNATING

In the heat of July I think fondly, and often about January bluebird days such as this. July is unrelenting for a farmer. The weeds and grass grow at a nearly unsustainable, breathless rate. They don’t allow for reflection, or planning, or yoga, or reading. They are devoted entirely to manual and endless labor. Every hour of the sunlit day is used and consumed by the greedy July farm.

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